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HARDNESS; 



o^ 



THE UNCLE. 



HARDNESS; 



o». 



THE UNCLE. 



IN THREE VOLUMES. 

VOL. I. ^^^ 




LONDON: 

aAUNDEBS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET. 

184L 



AIJ 



HARDNESS; 



THE UNCLE. 



IN THREE TOLCHE8. 
VOL. I. 







LONDON: 

flAUNDEBS AND OTLET, CONDUIT 8TBKET. 

1841. 



4/^ 



LONDON: 

BLATCS AMD LAUnVt, P&I«TB««, OBOTB VI.ACB, BEOMPTOtl. 




HARDNESS; 

OR, 

THE UNCLE. 



CHAPTER I. 



" Sic transit gloria mundi/' philosophically 
and classically observed Mr. Henry de Burgh^ 
with a semi-tragic shrug of his shoulders, as he 
looked with a mournful smile round his confined 
lodgings, in the little fishing village of Kens- 
worth ; and it was perfectly true. The glory 
of the world had passed away from him, in so 
far as the aforesaid glory consisted in sitting in 
the window of Crockford's, and on the cross- 

VOL. I. B 



hardness; or, 



bench at Almack's; in driving a cab with a mam- 
rnoth before, and a pigmy behind ; in possessing 
a stall in the opera, which he did not occupy on 
an average, more than one night in the week, 
and twenty minutes in the night ; in glorying in 
the reputation of finding favour in the eyes of 
one of the singing women^ or dancing women; 
enjoying the privilege of wearing out the rim of 
his hat, every six weeks, by taking it oflf, with a 
neat and appropriate smile, every three minutes, 
between the hours of half- past five and half-^past 
seven, p.m.} firom the back of a blood mare in the 
park, to all sorts of varieties of carriages and 
their insides ; of being whirled down to Episom 
on a drag of unquestionable orthodoxy, and 
being a special subject of the vigilance of Pro* 
yideooe on his return, the noble lord who worked 
it having in the interim stowed away two bottles 
of champagne, and half a tumbler of cara9oa, the 
best half too^ to keep it out of mischief; of being 
|mt np at the barracks for Ascot, and at the 
h(mse for Goodwood; of having his likenes 



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1 



THE UNCLE. 



sketched by the Count of Counts, and his coats 
boik b^ the Baron of tailors ; of being asked 
twice A week in the Carlton, why he did not 
QOOkeiato ParHament ; in the Army and Navy how 
he came not to be on Staff; in the Junior United, 
haw the devil he managed to get so much leave ; 
m ibe XraTeller's, why he did not establish a 
yicfat in the Xjevant and outherod Lamartine ; 
■id in Crockcy'8 why he did not look after the 
tjuomte of all mcn^s eyes^ that is Co say all un- 
■lanied men's^ the in estimable gem In the 
aarket of matrimony, the Miss Ruby of God 
low many thousands, or tens of thou- 
a year ; of being one of the chosen few, the 
AmphitiyopB of the year» who gave such a 
deticioits fi§ie champ^tre, that made so raging a 
isuy io July, people were perfectly rabid in the 
dog-dayi; of seeing a pile of cards upon his table, 
that would have roofed the house, (he was above 
idddng them in the looking-glass); of being 
called Harry by the smartest men in town — and 
all the other luxuries of the season. 

B 2 



% hardness; or, 

These bright days were past and gone : it ia 
the pace that kills, and the pace had been too 
good to last; three hundred pounds a month toii 
tell upon an income of eight or nine hundred a , 
year. Poor Henry ** took no note of time," that i 
is, he paid no bill when it was due ; the children 
of Judah and Benjamin fulfilled to the letter 
their foretold mission of spoiling the Gentile; 
but Providence has implanted in their breasts al 
peculiar instinct that warns them when to cease] 
lending, — and they declined any farther ad- 
vances, lest the Gentiles should return the com*! 
pliment and spoil them. He set on foot amoog] 
the diplomatic authorities, enquiries as to the 
whereabouts of the lost ten tribes, in the hopes] 
that they, as country cousins of his old friends, 
might be more squeezable, and found, to his as- 
tonishmcnt, that every body knew where they 
were ; — a Russian general said they were some- 
where near the Caspian Sea, in an unapproach- 
able, impenetrable^ umnhabitable countr}', c^led 
Daghistauj through which the imperial mail was 



THE UNCLE. 



ooDTejed on a light dx-pocmder, the guard being 
a Brigadier-general, with his brigade. A 
Tnrkish envoy declared that they were to be 
fi>and in Nubia or Abyssinia, or Ethiopia, or 
Dahomey, or some such civilised place. The 
agent for the king of Oude averred that 
they were in 'the mountains of Thibet or the 
lakes of Mongolia, or the marshes of Cabul or 
the sands of Turkistan, and that some of them 
were talking of making a vo3rage down the Ira- 
vaddy, with a view of recovering the Holy Land. 
An American (sham) attache, guessed that they 
were the red Indians, and that if the Seminoles 
were reaUy the tribe of Simeon, they were in a 
pretty considerable almighty ugly fix. A county 
magistrate expressed a suspicion that they were 
the gipsies ; he had a confused idea of something 
having happened a long time ago, that con- 
nected the Jews in some way with Egypt. An 
East India director inclined to the opinion that 
they were the Thugs, — wherever, whatever, who- 
ever they might be, they did not appear to be 



6 UARDK£SS; OR, 

available now. The crisis approached — the smash 
came, — and the gay world said, like St. Peter in 
the " Vision of Judgment :'* — 

** There's another star gone out, I think." 
Henry de Burgh was the only son of the late 
Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Sir Ulick 
de Burgh, K.C.B., and G.C.H., Colonel of the 
I I5th|0r Royal West Paddington Eegiment of 
Fusileers, and governor of an uninhabitable rock 
somewhere off the coast, whence he derived the 
greater part of his income. The gallant general 
had been pushed on in the service in early life^ 
at the rate that was customary in those times, 
for the sons of the magnates of the land, llie 
interest of Ms father was tremendous : the late 
Earl of Itmismore had ten or twelve votes at 
command in the Iriah parliament^ and worked 
them uncommonly hard ; young Tj lick was 
enrolled in the profession of arms before he was 
out of his nurse's, and joined his regiment as a 
field-officer of some standing at the age of nine- 
tectu He passed through the osual phases of 



THB UNCLS. 



miiitarv iitt ill an Earr^ sod^ became Lieutenant- 
Colooel, Colonel j Brigadier "^general, in which 
ktter capacity he was fortunate enough to attract 
tbe Duke of York's favourable notice in Hoi- 
kad^ by giving him a cigar one fearfully rainy 
nighty a loyal attention which the royal family, 
with characteristic gratitude, never forgot ; in* 
daedy mume go bo £ir aa to say, that it had some 
inflaenee in procuring him aflerwards the situa- 
tiofli of Ec^uerry to the Prince of Wales. 

He then went, for a short time, to the West 
Indies, witnessed the astounding sight that so 
long puzzled the military medical authorities — 
that of men ^ling asleep drunk with new rum 
in a awamp, and awaking in a fever. This, 
however, was no practice of his, he having been 
tndned to claret, as young gentlemen were 
trained in Ireland half a century ago; so he 
weathered the fever, and bilked the landcrabs, 
and retnriied home in good time, and what waa 
itm more to the purpose, good health. 

The giants were at play in those days. 



8 



hardness; or, 



Prussia, stricken down at Jena, was stealthily 
preparing her arms and armour for the day of 
Tetribution, but as yet gave no sign of life. The 
polar bear grinned afar off, and growled hide- 
ously as it fondled the Gallic eagle in its 
clumsy embrace, but the crushing squeeze of 
181'^ was yet un thought of. Austria, fettered 
and bleeding, wept the recent carnage of Essling 
and Wagram ; but the game was yet alive in the 
sunny Iberia, the blood of Moore was yet to be 
avenged, the hero of a hundred %hts was in 
the saddle, and Major-general de Burgb, doing 
what was the proper and correct thing for major- 
generals to do at that period, revived the ashes 
of the above-mentioned cigar in the grateful 
memory of the commander-in-chief, and em- 
barked for the Peninsula in command of a 
brigade. 

There, after a vain effort to solve the question,, 
which did the British army most mischief^ the 
French, the Spaniards, or the government at 
home, he finally gave up the problem in d( 



THE U9CLB. 9 

and took refuge in that reflection tliat has so 
often cheered the British officer in trouble, 
nameljy that it must be a very bad mistake 
indeed, that his men may not be depended 
upon to set to rights with their bayonets ; so he 
went on with the war as it rolled hither and 
thither, — saw Badajos, as old Picton obsenred, 
sued in formd pauperis, — Ciudad Bodrigo ear- 
ned with unloaded firelocks, — rubbed his eyes 
at what he took to be an earthquake swallowing 
Ac 23rd light dragoons at Talavera, — was 
present at the dear-bought Albuera, — shuddered 
at die unearthly yell thai burst from a Highland 
regiment when its chief fell at Fuentes d' Honor, 
-—and, at last, when the Marquis got his head 
straight, and would take no denial, followed him 
through the tempestuous Salamanca, and the 
crushing Vittoria, — and finally looked down on 
die plains of France from the summits of the 
PTrenees. 

Sir Ulick de Burgh was a fayourite of Fortune ; 
he just picked up wounds enough to entitle 

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10 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



him to pensions, without materially damaging liis 
health ; juBt credit enough to entitle him to 
honours, without the perilous distinction of a 
responsible command, for there was no danger 
of his setting the Thames or the Indus on fire, 
nor yet the St. Lawrence ; he hung up his 
sword after Toulouse ; took a house in Wim- 
pole Street, — promoted the formation of the 
United Service Club, and attended it regularly 
every day of his life when it was formed, — was 
the originator of the clever move by which the 
old house was disposed of to the " young ones," 
(and very young they were when they took it,) 
that the old gentlemen, for whom it was too small, 
(the numbers of members of both clubs being the 
same,) might build a better,— stood god-father lo 
the half* pint decanters, and christened them ** life- 
preservers,'* which was considered a very good 
joke at the time and place, — raised up his voice 
and wept when the new drill came out, — apos- 
trophising the ghosts of Dondas and Torrens, 
^-and Anally closed a most respectable life in a 



THE TTNCLE- 



11 



laliditft fever, brought on by his anxiety on the 
tnbject of that atrodoiis innovation, which^how- 
frver hu, hj this time^ had its day^ the clothing 
Uke light cavalry in scarlet, which he justly 
obeerred ought not to have been indicted upon 
them except by sentence of a general court- 
oartia]. 

He led our hero the usual heritage of a general 
oficer'f 0Oq; viz. a variety of old swords, an 
iwortmeot of begging letters from soldiers* 
widows, a commi&^on in the dragoons^ a shake 
of the hand 6rom the commander-in-chief when- 
eror he attended his levees, a similar recognition 
horn the mOitary secretary, permission from the 
adjutant-general every now and then to write to 
his colonel, to say, that if he had no objection to 
haa leave being extended there was none at 
head^quartere, the satisfaction of beiug prosed 
into a nervous fever by certaiu silver-haired 
ipeamens of juvenility every time that he en- 
Isfffd the walls of the Junior U oiled Service 
Qtib^^-gentlcmeu who, having served under the 



12 



hardness; or. 



father, considered they might lawfully prey 
upon the sod, and were much addicted to telling 
him intercstiiig anecdotes ahout some of his sirens 
performances in early life, which accorded ill 
with the giave and sober personage he remem- 
bered; and finally, tlie catalogue of what he 
inherited was wound up by a small fortune of 
iive or six hundred a -year, besides his pay. 

His person was attractive ; thickly -curling 
brown hair clustered over a brow rarely wrinkled 
with a frown ; tolerably -regular features were 
enlivened with an expression of good temper 
that prepossessed people in his favour ; a very 
gentlemanly address, and a very ready smile, 
gave him a fair start in whatever society he was 
in, smd he generally managed to keep it : and, 
with all these " appliances and means to boot," 
he might have lived tolerably comfortably, but, 
unfortunately, his was that ** high-flown am- 
bition that o'crleaps itself/* lie was not content 
to live ; any one could live — a dray-horse could 
live — he must shine. Yet his waj not the men; 



THE UJfCLB. 



IS 



ambition of shiniDg in cabs and coats : — 
bid his lot been cast in warlike times, in the 
tsmes of the sword and the spear, he would have 
been the chirabxyos leader of charging squiid- 
Tota ; but there was no such good fori one in 
Hore for him, — there was no regular war to be 
bad (or love or money. The Spanish legion was 
not purticularly attractive, or well spoken of in 
tbe circles he frequented : dogs-meat meu> hue- 
eaneers, land-pirates, were the mildest terms 
applied to them. " Mercenaries" was considered 
mber complimentary, being less expressive than 
•• hired aMasains,** which many, who prided them- 
lelrea upon forming and expressing decided opi- 
nions held to be the proper way of describing the 
poor fellows. The country in general was mad 
•boat railways ; a leaning towards romance in the 
public mind might have made a tolerable poet of 
hiro, but poetry is in a state of abeyance just now. 
Melpomene is busy in the cotton factories, and 
ThaE» in Newgate ; Clio is stewed nightly in the 
reporler'8 gaUery ^ and her character has somewhat 
nfired into the bargain ; and Polyhymnia is de- 



14 



hardness; or, 



fend&nt in a case of disputed church-rate : the 
Muses have abandoned Olympus. The world 
of fashion was alone open to him to shine in ; he 
essayed, succeeded for a season, and then was 
extinguished j and the spring of 1835 found him» 
as is technically termed in the circles where the 
disorder is endemic, " floored." 

Everything that he had, even to his commis - 
sion^ had to be sold ; his uncle. Lord Innismore 
an irritable and unmanageable old gentleman, 
declared that he would have nothing to say to him 
— that he would never even see his face again ; 
and after his friends had made the best arrange- 
ments that they could with his innumerable cre- 
ditors, poor Henry found that the wreck of his 
fortune would only afford him a pittance of a 
hundred and twenty pounds a-year for the rest 
of his life. 



THE UHCLE. 15 



CHAPTER II. 

Nobody ever accused London of being a place 
whose inhabitants take an undue interest in the 
affairs of their neighbours. Yet it was astonish- 
ing, the moment it became generally known that 
Henry de Burgh was half or three-quarters 
ruined, what anxiety divers stirring spirits in the 
great metropolis, men who hate seeing anything 
done by halves, evinced with regard to his 
future welfare. It is a canon with these per- 
sonages, that a man who has ruined himself by 
his folly most maintain himself by his knavery ; 
and seeing that Henry had passed through the 



16 



HABDXESS; OR, 



chrysalis state of the dupe, they concluded that 
be must now, as a matter of course, come out in 
the more active stage of existence, viz. a rogue* 
The following may serve as specimens of the 
friendly attentions he received from unknown 
parties during the week preceding his departure 
from the fascinations and the ruinations of the 
modern Babylon i 



" Sir, 
** I am desired by the chairman and honorary 
directors of the Borneo and Sumatra self-sup' 
porting Colonisation Society, to forward you the 
enclosod prospectus, with a view of submitting 
to your consideration a detail of the object and 
prospects of that truly national association. The 
intention of this enteriarising body, is to acquire 
by purchase, or otherwise, a large tract of 
country in those fertile regions, whose inha- 
bitants, (who are far much farther advanced 
in civilisation than is generally supposed in this 
country^) hare sEown every disposition to 



THE TIN CLE. 



17 



cede the sovereignty and lordship of a con- 

liderable territory, in perpetuity, for a very 

modetaXe consideradon, the amount of which 

hhj be ikrther reduced by the payment heing 

attde in such products of civilised life, as suit 

ikeir wants and wishes, such as ram, glass-beads, 

•peari'heaiiBr gunpowder^ opium, tobacco, red 

dotk, lookiDg'glasses, and fire-arms. As they 

U9 entirely ignorant of the value of money^ 

■id bive consequently no desire to possess 

Ives of it, it may he presumed that no 

at robbery on their part, will interfere 

vith the sacred rights of property; and con- 

ssqnently. it may be assumed j that the money 

invested in this security vrill be perfectly safe. 

The projectors being satisfied, after the most 

Uvonoua and searching investigation^ that all 

ipniief attempts at colonisation from Great 

Britain, have been founded upon principles of 

the most erroneous nature^ have decided that 

this €ok>Dy shall be planted upon the ^ complete 

of society, and self-supporting, and 



18 



hardness: or, 



governing system,' by wbich they mean, that 
inasmuch as the stnicture of society in the 
mother-country is composed of various classes, 
80 they propose, that every ship load of emi- 
grants should be assorted of gentlemen, trades- 
men, farmers,mechanic8, and labourers, with their 
wives and families ; and immediately upon their 
arrival at the capital of the infant state, they 
propose establishing a joint stock bank, fire and 
life assurance company, poet-office, theatre, mont 
de piete, temperance society, daily journal, and 
mechanic's institute ; and as soon as possible, 
procuring the presence of a bishop ; so that in 
short, our community will rather resemble a 
section of the mother country, turned up- side 
down, (as you arc aware, that die scene of our 
labours is not very far from the antipodes,) than 
one of those rude assemblages, that have here* 
iofore been called colonies. 



4 



Cslum iion 



mitUnt (}ui trans marc curruni.' 



THE UKCLE, 



19 



•*Tke wisest thing the immortal Bacon ever said 
k the gallamt motto we have adopted ; and we 
here erery reason to hope for the most hrilliaut 
•Dd tmboaoded success from the principle of 
ttftf-cnpport, which means that the expense of 
the p««sge of the poorer classes out» will be 
defeijed by the proceeds of the sale of the 
B Mppr opriated land, at a minimum price, there* 
by piTodiiciiig a demand for hmd, with a supply 
of labocir,by one operation of very beautiful sim- 
pHd^. As however, it is not to be expected 
tbil the proceeds of the land can defray the 
msmidably large expenses for several years, 
we propose at present, raising money by a 
bay at a very favourable rate of interest to the 
and when that is exhausted^ we in* 
to apply to government for assistance^ 
iHiicfa we have no doubt will be granted in 
fumMmiion of the urgency of the case. The 
colony will be ruled upon the sacred principle 
of lelf^goTemment, — ^that is to say, by a board 



20 



hardness; or, 



of commissioners, sitting in London* As ti 
small military force, forty or fifty men, will 
be necessary to support the dignity of the law, 
to mediate between the native tribes in their 
quarrels, and also to act as police ; I am io- 
structed by the committee to say, that should 
you decide upon taking part in this enterprise, 
they will have great pleasure, upon your pur- 
chasing six hundred and forty acres of land, atl 
ten shillings an acre, in appointing you Cap- 
tain-general and commander-in-chief of the 
company^s forces in the colony; a post for 
which your military knowledge and experience 
so eminently qualifies you ; while at the same 
time, that branch of agriculture, which produces 
the grrcatest returns, the breeding of sheep, may 
be carried on upon your lands, by your agents ; 
it not requiring the actual presence of the 
owner. Or should you hesitAto about leaving fl 
England, I am directed to inform you, that 
tenders for loans, at the rate of ten per cent, per 
annum, Id sums of not less than five hundred] 



THS inircLB. 



21 



eicfa, will be receiired at the office 
dajT, from ten dll fbor. 

** I have the honor to be, 
•• Sir, 
'* Your mo«t obedient, humble servant, 

"Thomas Laxdshark, 

'* Hoa. Sec. 

I am directed to state, some misappre- 

Iiafing arisen upon the subject, that 

thft canoilMdiBai of this interesting country, 

«|Miii wliicfa such stress has been laid^ is not, as 

it geaemlly supposed, a depraved appetite for 

hamaii flesh; but an ancient semi-military, 

•cai^rdigiofiis rite; and consequently, rather 

soiitied to be respected and supported, by a 

Bbenl and enlightened system of policy, such 

at the British government has adopted in India, 

kban interfered with. To ease the colonial con- 

•aenors of scruple- mongers at home, and also 

Tith a view of inspiring confidence in the 

vindi of the natives, a branch of the Aborigines 

ftotection Society will be established at Ban- 



22 



hardness; or, 



jemjassim, the romantically- seated metropolis of 
the island, as soon as circumstances admit." 

" I am afraid,*' said Henry, as he laid down 
the precious epistle, " that Providence never 
intended me for an apostle of civilisation among 
the Bomesc. I doubt whether the assorted 
ship will be productive of any very great 
results; the business of the colony will noti 
I apprehend, be very productive, and I should 
think their principal amusement will be basking 
in the sun, and drinking bad rum out of oyster- 
shells. What may this be ?'* 



« King'i Bmeh, AprU 15. 1S35. 



Sir, 



*' Althouou I cannot say that I have been 
authorised by the Lieutenant-general command- 
ing the auxiliary legion of Spain, to make any 
proposition upon the subject to you, yet I cannot 
refrain from calling your notice to the brilliant 
prospect of acquiring imperishable renown, as 
one of the immortal deliverers of the human 



TUB TKCLE. 



23 



tmiXp fi^ra despotic power, feudal cbains* and 
ckrical domiBation, offered by the glorious ex- 
pedidon now Etdcig out in the Isle of Dogs, for 
tbe ^utheranoe and defence of ciyil and religious 
fibertj all oTer the globe, but especially in the 
Pauosula. I must also beg leave to assure you 
of my fixed and deliberate opinion, that the ap- 
pemmce of the Legion in the Basque provinces ^ 
wJH Dot, as is universally supposed, be the signal 
fcr the immediate downfall of the Carlist cause, 
ind the abandonment of that Prince's pretensions 
to the crown of Spain ; but on the contrary, that 
before the final triumph of the Anglo- Spanish 
wmM, tereral hard-fought actions will most pro- 
bably take place, in which the combatants will 
bare abundant opportunities of covering them- 
tetves with laurels, and acquiring several Spanish 
orders, decoratioiis which that country be- 
itovi witb great liberality. Circumstances 
over which I have no control, occasion my tem- 
porary festdenoe in this place ; but were I at li- 
^trifft (>A^ ^^ ^^^^°^ I ^™ detained for, is ridi- 



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HARDNESS ; OR, 



culously small,) 1 could, I am well persuaded, 
for a very moderate consideration, not worth 
thinking of, induce the Lieutenant-colonel cxjin- 
manding a certain battalion, to make way for 
you, should your ardent spirit desire such 
honourable employment, I shall have great 
pleasure in giving you more detailed informa- 
tion upon this truly spirit-stirring subject, should 
you honour me with a call to>morrow or any 
other day, at any hour that suits your conve- 
nience ; and I need not remind you, in the words 
of the great moralist. 



*" 'There is a tide m the afikirs of mcn» 
That taken at the AcxmI, leada on to fortune. 



** The dep^t of the British auxiliary Legion 
has been established at the Isle of Dogs, where 
the organisation is rapidly proceeding. 

** Yours, with military frankncas, 

*' Ferdinand Crimp, 
" Acting Dep. As*, Com. Gen,, B. A* L,' 




THE UNCLE. 25 

"Poor fellows," said Henry; "old Tozer, 

who had plenty of hospital experience in the 

Feninsola, declares that the Legion will leave 

from eight to ten thousand men dead, and he 

beaten after alL Let us see what this may he — 

Calcutta and Sangur Railway — ^to convey goods 

and passengers to Calcutta; do they mean to 

pump out the Hoogly, I wonder ? There seems a 

regular conspiracy to get me out of the country 

some way or other, by warlike or peaceful 

means. Well — confidence of the board — resident 

director — provisional committee — attractive Hst 

of names — allow yours to be employed — mere 

matter of form — deposit £2. a share — ah, yes, 

very likely." And he laid down the letter as a 

visitor entered the room. 
"Waverton, my dear fellow, how do you 

do ?— come to see the last days of Pompeii, eh ? 

Marius sitting among the ruins of Carthage ?" 
"No, indeed, Harry," answered his visitor, 

pressing him cordially by the hand ; '* I came to 

see you less for the pleasure of seeing you, 

TOL. L C 



26 



HAUDKEfiS; OR, 



than to enquire what your plans were, and 
whether it would be in my power to forward 
them/' 

** Thank you a thousand times, my dear 
Walter. I never doubted but that you would 
stick to me in my troubles, as you have all 
through ; but I am afraid you can do nothing 
more for me now. You know you are on the 
wrong side, and Ukely to stay so, as far as appear- 
ances go ; those fellows are safe for this parlia- 
ment at all events.'* 

" It is too true," returned Waverton ; " that 
unfortunate dissolution floored us. They say it 
was the Duke insisted upon it, too. It is a bad 
business altogether. I do not see the slightest 
prospect of our recovering it, for some years at 
ill evento."" 

" See what request I am in, even in my ad* 
versity," said Henry, displaying the flattering 
testimonials of public opinion, with respect to 
his gullibility, — '* look what brilliant offers I 
receive.** 



I 

I' 







I 



TRE TNCLE. ,, 

Ail! yes, — the old stoiy, Bornese colooisa- 
tiOBt pfofitiible in vestment, ten per cent. — for one 
jetr, I tappose : sheep, yes, many go out for 
vool« and oome home shorn : — British auxiliary 
Ufioo of Spain i they say Evans got thirty thou- 
md down for undertaking the job ; it is worth 
wldle on those terms. I should like to know how 
of tho«e poor devils His Excellency will 
back with him* Calcutta and Sangur--! 
they do not try Damascus and Mecca, 
•c Alexandria and Timbuctoo. Yes, truly, where 
« i8» there will the eagles be gathered 
together. I do not mean to be rude, but you 
•ee how well these fellows know the force of the 
pmioa for winning back what one has once 
lo*." 

*- Bill why do they come to me ? — what do 
ihiy wmt with my name V* 

** YofUf name ? I'll tell you why they want 
foot name — first, bec^n^ it's an Earl's name, and 
•ecoodly, because it's constantly in the Morning 
Po«t Why, my dear fellow, I remember when 

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29 



hardness; oe, 



I was qmte a boy, at the time that all the world 
were as mad as March hares about those South 
American mining speculations, hearing an old 
gentleman, who, by-the-bye, was afterwards 
bit himself and ruined by them, tell my father, 
that in one of them, whose shares were 
then at two or three hundred per cent, pre- 
mium, there was a man called Smith, who 
was elected a director, because he drove a 
piebald horse, in a sort of machine he had; 
and whenever anybody asked what Mr. Smith 
he was, they had a reply always ready cut and 
dried. * It's the Mr. Smith that drives the pie- 
bald horse — yon may sec him any day in ibe 
Park;* and that was always held to be a satisfac^ 
tory and sufficient answer. About you they'd 
say, * It's Mr* de Burgh, nephew of Lord In- 
nismore ; a son of the General, well known 
in the fashionable drcles ; he*B sown his wild 
oats now, taken to business, is considered a great 
acquisition to our board i and that would do per- 
fecUy/' 



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THE TJNCLE. 



29 



*' But bow in the world am I to go out to 
ladatf and manage a railway ? I know no more 
about it than I do about Sanscrit." 

"Pooh! nobody dreams of really making it/* 
WM the answer ; *Mt*8 all bubble, bubble, bubble ; 
but, however, what in sober earnest are your 

** Why, yon know it is out of the question 
my remaining here any longer; and as I am not 
yet to lar goneag to sink into the slough of des- 
pond of Calais or Boulogne, I propose for the 
present retiring to a quiet little village on the 
oottit called Kensworth, where I can live cheap 
iasr the present, and wait what turns up, or 
rsther wait till my uncle's anger moderates. He 
i» so furious with me, that I know it would be 
BO use writing to him ; so 1 have not done so» 
hoi I have written to Dunlara to see what can 
be done with the old gentleman, to put me in 
the way of earning my bread in a decent man- 
&er» hr that ia all that I ask or expect from 



30 



HA&DNESS; OR, 



*' Lord Inn ism ore is coming up to town this 
season, is he not ?" 

" Yes, almost immediately ; you know my 
sister Mary is to come out this year, and afler 
hia own fashion he is uncommonly fond of her; 
she has been very fortunate in him as a guar- 
dian." 

** You are her joint-guardian, too, since you 
came of age/' 

** 1 was left 80 in my father's will, more I 
believe to provide against the contingency of 
my uncle's death than anything else ; but as to 
having anything to say to her care, or the dis* 
posal of her fortune, I never hear anything 
about the matter ; my uncle is not the sort of 
person to court much interference, or ask for 
much advice, so he settles everything his own 
way." 

*' He is a somewhat positive old gentleman, 
is he not ?" 

" Oh ! the slightest difference of opinion is • 
capital crime, without benefit of clergy, in his 



THE XrSCLE, 



31 



ejfcf ; you know he has liyed so long in his own 
Isrntoncs* like BohinsoQ Crusoe, * monarch of 
yi he wnrreys^* that he does not exactly under- 
iUiid anybody differing with him ; it seems 
MSMlhiiig against the laws of nature^ like a man 
miring sugar-plnms» or a girl with a cigar in her 
BMilb : he opens his eyes and stares at you, if 
|OQ dittgree with him, as mach as to say: 
• What the devil can you be thinking of?"* 

** WcU, I shall take the first opportanity of 
nakii^ your steer's acquaintaince. He does 
HOC duiperon her himself, does he ?" 

•• Ko, Lftdy Loosely does — she was a great 
fitiend of my poor mother." 

•• She ts a capital hand at it, too, knows every- 
body, and the way to get on with everybody 
into the borgaun. She is a good*natured woman^ 
loo, br aQ her worldlinesa." 

" Sbo k; I rather like her." 

*' Well, you know, if anything does turn up, 
m which I can assist you^ you will command 
•y lenrtcee; 1 wish to Heaven we were in 



I 



1 



32 



HARnXESd; OR, 



office again, for your sake. You have the 
sinews wherewith to carry on the war for the 
present, have you not ?*' 

"Yes, I have; thank you all the same. I have 
qxiite as much hy me as I can afford to spend 
before the next dividend-day comes round; I 
shall have to come out in a new character now, — 
look at both sides of a shilling before I part with 
it| as they say.'* 

" Oh| come I we must not be cast down^ we 
must hope for better times ; three-and-twenty 
is too young to begin desponding. Good-bye; 
let me hear how you get on in your seclusion : 
God bless you, my boy." 

" Good-bye, Walter/' 



33 



CBAPTEB m. 



I5 llil 

GbnzT at GaDton Fnk, wat tlw Eodof 
mace, to aD appemaee in a ilate of die 
perplexitT. ffis Lorddnp wis a till, 
appcmdr f igging upon a e f c utj jon of age, 
vish a pierang black eje, 
tbinoompraaed ]q«, and a Ibcdiead 1^ 
broad: ahogetiker aoouBtenaDoeofa 
ing character, ndi aa befitted ooe 
% dated from die time of Ridiard die SccomL 
His anceHon in die ^ - ■• * i* " i l > eestiirT had 
^^i^^ceeded, bow we need not now enqfoire, in 

c 5 



BARDKBSS; OH, 



tlespoiling divers native septs of the mere 
Irisliry, O'Flaherty's, O'Hara's, Mac Dermott's, 
O'KeUy's, O'Connor's, and so forth, of their 
lands and tenements^ and had been raised to 
the peerage by the style and title of Baron of 
Dunlara, Auchenure, Moyluirg, and Tyrmaine, 
in consideration of their chief, Brian de Burghe, 
having declared at the occasion of the unfor- 
tunate Richard's osteotatioiis and «nprofitable 
expedition to Ireland, alter his disappointment 
in Germany, " that if any such folly were 
practised in hell like that of the German 
princes who refused to elect such a noble prince 
to be their emperor, the kingdora of Beelzebub 
would have been destroyed long ago f ' and 
having thus become estatcd men, contrived to 
remain so, weathering alike Elizabeth and 
Strafford, Cromwell and William, to which 
latter they did good service at Aughrtm, in 
cooaequtnce of which th« *' glorious, pious, and 
immortal memory" became a family toast, and 
the diminutive representation of the gentleman 



THE UNCLB. 



35 



oa buneback in College Green, like other dimi' 
D0tiini*8, symbolic of aflTection, became a family 
ml; la »y nothing of a statuette upon every 
cfaimney-piece in the house, the Larcg and 
PciuUeft of the castle of BaUymacwilliam* 
po^ftucailm, the family seat ; and escaping 
tkoee still nglier customers^ the penal laws^ for 
they had come about in good time ; the close 
of the eighteenth century found them the ab- 
ieotee landlords of a very extensive, very 
hoigi^, very wild, and very unproductive tract 
of bud on the New York side of the Shannon, 
tagdhcT with a small interest in various boroughs, 
pretty little pocket playthings, which made the 
Earl of Innismore of the day a very consider- 
•We sort of personage among the undertakers, — 
tt ihe noblemen and gentlemen who were good 
enough to undertake to manage the king's busi- 
mtm ia the fine old times, when there was a 
pnliaiiient in College Green, (and a custom- 
house at the other side of the water, which 
people teeiQ to forget in these repeal times), 



36 



HAKDXEASI 0R| 



were commonly termed ; and as human nature 
is never stunted in its development in the 
Emerald Isle, it need not be stated that the late 
Earl of Innismorc was a gigantic jobber. U 

However, in his timcj notmthstanding the 
political temptations to stay in Ireland, there 
were three absentees for one there is now— 
which of course everybody will deny, and of 
which nevertheless any one who chooses to take 
the trouble of consulting Arthur Young, or any 
of the cotemporary authorities on the then 
state of Ireland, may readily satisfy himself; — ■ 
and so the noble lord, upon comparing the 
venerable Elizabethan mansion, the spreading 
lawns, the silver lake, and the ancient woods^ 
to Bay nothing of the innumerable pheasantSi 
and some hundreds of deer, of Ganton Park, 
with the five-and*twenty low, stunted trees, 
five- and -fifty low, loose-built, stone walls, brown 
herbage, and extensive dung-hills, of his dilapi- 
dated, polpyllabic castle above-mentioned in 
the far west, decided upon appropriating the 



I 



THB VKCXJU 



37 



r 



aibraaid park to himself^ and did 50, after the 
smacTy not of tbe fourteenth century, but tliat 
of tlie eighteenth^ — for they belonged to an 
beirecB* snd he married her. 

The lady had no end of money, the lord no 
end of titles, (and nobody cotdd tell where the 
beginning of them was either, for the family his- 
tory alleges, that they were of the high nobility, 
when they came over with the Conqueror; and 
indeed some genealogists seem inclined to trace 
their race to a certain Count of Eu, a mighty 
mo amoiig the Normans, who must have been 
a leaHul polygamiat, for he appears to have been 
the aaoeatoir of the whole roll of Battle Abbey, 
iod a great deal more, according to the peerages 
ai leoat ;) so everybody said it was a charming 
match, and its issue were the present Earl, and 
the late Sir Ulick. Lord Innismore had two 
tOQay Viscount Dunlara, and the Hon, William 
Endolph Ulick de Burgh, lieutenant in the 
c^hleenth regiment of light dragoons, more 
ly called Billy Burgh; nay, so little did 



38 



hardness; oh. 



his long descent and magnificent names strike 
terror into the companions of his choice* that it 
is recorded, that in consequence of some per- 
formances of his, more remarkable for a jovial 
recklessness than a martial dignity, he was better 
known in his own regiment, by the style and 
title of ** Bloody Bill," than any other. 

These two youths, together with our friend 
Henry and his sister Mary, constituted the whole 
of Lord Innismore's blood relations then living ; 
his wife had been nearly twenty years dead ; and 
whether it was the natural turn of his mind, or 
whether solitude* the bad, the dangerous habit 
of liying alone, had engendered it, he had ac» 
quired, with by no means a bad heart, and un- 
questionably an excellent under stan<ling, a 
certain hardness of disposition, an incapacity of 
allowing for, or considering the wishes or ideas 
of others, which was often the cause of much 
uneadnesa to those about him, and consequent 
unhappinesfs to himselfl 

That morning he had directed a poor old 





THE UKCLK. 

I, m widow and a cripple, to be summonsed 
ibr pickiDg up a few rotten sticks, that had lite- 
mOj fkUen from their own decay out of a hedge ; 
umI yet, at that very time, he was actually dis- 
izibiLting more than a couple of tons of coal, 
weekly, though it was April, among the poor of 
hia neighboarbood. It is hardly necessary to say 
tbttt tie wa» no great favourer of trespassers, 
nd m poacher had but an indifferent diance 
when he was on the bench. 

His library might have passed for a hall of 
die InqoLiition. A deep-blue carpet overspread 
the floor; black wainscotings, fantastically carved, 

tlie spaceo not occupied with books ; the 
Maores themselves did not contribute 

tothebriUiancy of the scene, for a rigid seve- 
rity of taste in the owner, had induced him to for- 
bid the use of the slightest portion of decorative 
gBdii^ on the backs of the books. The unorna- 
oeiited volumes were supported by dark mahog- 
lay ihelves; a black morocco writing-desk stood 
upon a table covered with leather of a deep pur- 




40 



HARDNESS ; ORf 



pie, upon which letter- weighta of black marble 
from Connemara, held down a few stray papera. 
The light of day found its way in, through arms, 
crests, supporters, shields, mottoes, — hereditary 
glories in painted glass; and his lordship, 
seated in a black leather arm-chair/and torment- 
ing himself about the difficulty he found in dis- 
covering something to complain of, was accus* 
tomed to wonder why the library always 
appeared so gloomy. 

All, however, was not gloom in that antique 
chamber ; there was one object of surpassing 
brightness close to the Earl's elbow. Silent and 
still, stood a fair-haired, blue-eyed girl of 
eighteen, and watched ^'ith trembling amdety H 
the varying expression of the old man's features. ' 
*' I positively will not receive him here, Iklaryi*' 
said he. " I will not make Ganton a refuge for 
the destitute. He never thought of coming near 
me as long as his money lasted ; I do not want to 
see him now that he is a beggar. He hardly 
knows his own country-gentleman uncle by 



TBE UKCLE. 



41 



I 



i%f and yet I liad to write three regular 
Mjggiag letters aboat his commissions ; I do not 
tbink Le has been twice at Ganton since he 
jotacd his regiment." 

^I an sure he would have been only too 
^■d to come here, uncle/' returned Mary, 
" but — you know— you never invited him." 

" I never invited hiro V* repeated the Earli — 
•* eh — why — oh, that is all nonsense. Of course 
be must have known very well that he would 
hare been welcome. But what provokes me is 
his baving sold his commission ; a boy of twenty- 
tiarea with a troop of dragoons^ is £rst-rate luck 
IB these days : it is quite another thing now from 
what it was in your poor father^s time, when 
tWy promoted them in their cradles. — I think, 
if I recollect right, he got his majority by the 
tine he was thirteen or fourteen ; I never shall 
£orget his finding it out, for they did all they 
eoald to keep it concealed from him ; however, 
he did discover it, and I remember once when 
ha was going to be flogged at Eton, his pleading 



42 



hardness; or, 



that it was an insult to the British army to flog 
a field-officer. It didn't save him though ; they 
flogged a captain in the life-guards, and a co- 
lonel of militia at the same time ; poor Ulick I** 
and the stem old man's heart melted for a mo-^ 
ment^ as the thoughts of other days came back 
to his memory. " Why did not Henry apply to 
me at once when he got into difficulty ?'* 

" I think, uncle," returned Mary, hesitatingly , 
** I think that he was — afraid/' 

** Afraid r* repeated the hot-tempered peer, 
in a voice of thunder ; ** a&aid — why should he 
have been afraid ? I ask you, Mary," continued 
he fiercely, ** why should your brother or any- 
body else be afraid of me ?" The poor girl 
trembled so violently, that she could hardly 
muster up an answer to this question, which 
indeed would have been a somewhat em* 
barrassing one at any time. " There now,** 
rejoined the uncle, " that will do ; do not look so 
wretched; extravagant and absurd as Henry 
has been, we must not let him starve altogether. 



THB tniCfJE* 



43 



SootetiuDg or other must be done for him, but 
he snitt leave England ; and I will not see him, 
pQiilirely. Howard and the doctor dine here 
lo-dAj/* added he, taking up a paper-cutter, 
wiudi dw yottng kdv rightly interpreted, as 
m^xaffiBg that her further attendance would be 
divpcosed withi and withdrew accordingly. 

'* Poor girl, she seems sadly depressed. I do 
sot koow that the young scape-grace is such a 
•cunp afler al V* mattered the Earl, as he ad* 
d r gMed him»elf to a pamphlet^ which satisfac- 
tooly prored, by most undeniable calculations, 
dat it wm utterly impracticable to navigate the 
Atiaiitir; by ste&m upon any terms whatever ; as 
ike gentknieii who call themselves " practical 
■ken," were accustomed to assert in 1835} (they 
urn m eiACtly the eame acrape about the Ar- 
icrew DOW,) and was soon deeply 
in the mysteries of cylinders and 
pipes and valves, and the other compo- 
puia of the giant first-born of the nuptials 
§i Sabaumder and Undine, the offspring of fire 
ladwsier. 



44 



hardness; oe, 



" Come in,*' said ^e, as a knock at the door 
interrupted Lis reflections upon the relative 
merits of coke and coal. 

" Dr. Higgins, my lord.*' 

•* Shew him in. — Well, doctor, I wanted to 
have a few miButes* conversation with jrou 
before dinner ; this young rascal of a nephew of 
mine, has given me a great deal of uneasi- 



" Indeed, and it is very wrong of him, my 
lord ; very ungrateful, so kind an uncle aa your 
lordship has been to hira, ray lord." 

•' I really hardly know what to do about him. 
I cannot let him starve, as he deserves — what do 
you think ?** It formed no part of the worthy 
doctor*s system to originate measures; it wus 
quite early enough for him to recommend a 
plan, when he knew that his patron had made 
up his mind to adopt it. 

" Indeed, my lord," said he, " I do not think 
that it would be for the credit of your lordship's 
family, that a member of it should starve, my 
lori" 



I 



I 



THE UlffCLE. 45 

*' Suppose we shipped him off as a police ma- 
gistrate to Jamaica." 

" A capital plan^ my lord ; it's just what would 
suit him. I make no douht hut what he has 
plentj of experience in the practice of the police 
offices at home, my lord." 

" Police offices ? — eh ? what do you mean ? — 
he never was a magistrate anywhere that I know 
of." 

'^ Why, my lord, all those wild young men of 
£uhion are ererlastingly in scrapes, breaking 
lamps, and assaulting police-men, and stealing 
knockers, when they are in high spirits, as your 
brdship knows young noblemen will be some- 
times, just like as if they were commoners ; and 
then they get brought up at the police offices ; 
bat they always give &lse names, call them- 
selves Tomkins, or Jenkins, or something of that 
sort, that doesn't bring discredit upon the 
peerage ; and the magistrates are up to the joke, 
(and small blame to their Worships,) and let 
them off easy ; so it does not matter a pin what 
they do, my lord." 



46 



HABBBESS ; OR, 



" What ! my nephew taken before a justice ?" 
asked the old peer, in whose antediluvian ideas 
the footing of confidential intimacy upon which 
the young aristocracy seemed to stand with the 
criminal law of the land, was rather startling; 
'* my nephew taken before a justice ! — I never 
heard of such a thing." 

" Indeed, and I don't suppose he ever 
brought up himself, my lord,*' returned the 
doctor^ who saw that the pohce*office jocu- 
larity was a failure » and worse, and backed out 
of it forthwith ; *' only maybe some of his dash* 
ing young friends may have got into trouble, 
and he may have gone there to bail them; 
sure the aristocracy ought to hold together^ 
and not let the law get the better of theim, 
as if they were common blackguards ; or per- 
haps, just out of curiosity, to see what sort of a 
place it was, my lord/* 

"Oh, by-the-by," said the Earl, "talking 
of bailing, did you see about that widow 
Hichards r 



THP. IVTIF 



47 



** Yes, roy lord ; it \s as not as bad as they 
ttid. So far from lus having died insolvent* 
die widow bad the house and the license to go 
m witli^ after paying everything; so I gave 
ha die twenty pounds your lordship desired ; 
mi with Httle Nelly as a barmaid^ and the 
U^ of her eldest son, who is just come home, 
diqr will do Tcry well, my lord.'* 

*^ I am very glad of it, poor woman ; I was 
afeiad she bad been very badly left ; it is for- 
tanate that her son is come home. — I have 
a great mind to make him an assistant Poor 
Law Commissioner." 

•• An assistant Poor Law Commissioner, my 
krd r* echoed the doctor, in unmitigated 
srilotushment ; ''it's a great deal too good for 
tbo like of him ; sure he*d never be £t for it, 
^^be haaii*t the education at alL^' 

The Earl looked sharply up, but saw in 
lot instant the not unnatural mistake the 
worthy doctor had fallen into, respecting his 
Bccning. ** I waa thinking of my nephew at 



48 HARDNESS ; OR, 

the moment," said he, " not of young Richards. 
Come in/* 

" Mr. Howard, my lord." 

"Beg Mr. Howard to walk in. How do 
you do, my dear sir ? Pray be seated : how 
is Mrs. Howard ?'* said the Earl, whose habitual 
manner to the venerable minister was more 
deferential than to any other living being. 

" I am sorry to say, she is not weU enough 
to accept your lordship's invitation to-day ; but 
I have brought up Emily with me — she is gone 
to Mies de Burgh's room/' 

" I am very sorry that Mrs, Howard's health 
is not improved, I am afraid my little pet will 
find but a dull companion in Mary to-day," 
returned the Earl ; " the poor girl has been 
almost in tears, ever since her brother^s di»* 
grace/' 

*' Disgrace is a hard word, Lord Innismore ; 
let US apply a milder term to a young man's 
indiscretion, — extravagance if you will, but — " 

" Do you not call it disgraceful/' iuterrupted 



THE UNCLE. 



49 



the old peer; "the being obliged to sell 
kb very conmiis&ioii to pay his creditors ?" 

"He hcu paid his creditors," urged the 
clergyman, — ** paid them in full/' 

*• Yes, and a nice mess he has made of his 
property, too," said Lord Innismore, angrily ; 
^ he thall never see my face again." And he 
ioolced M if for assent, if not approbation, from 
OBB to the other of his Tisitors* 

lliey presented a strange contrast: — on the 
one hand sat the silver-haired minister of the 
wordy who hr nearly thirty years rector of that 
ptriah, had seen one generation well nigh pass 
a way ; and who now looked on the irritated no- 
tiifwan with a melancholy expression of compas- 
mo on his benevolent countenance. Eloquent in 
the palpity assiduous in the duties of his cure, 
ha now came with apostolical meekness, but not 
the Ida with apostolical fearleflsneas of the face 
of inan^ in the hopes of being able to mediate 
batween the infuriated uncle, and the thought- 
Im nephew; but he was cautious and wary, 

fOL* I, D 



the tact that would be requi 
matter. 

On the other hand sat the 
a little dark man, with a 
a quick, anxious, waiting e} 
cat-like vigilance, how he 
somewhat unmanageahle pat 
as yet reassured since his u. 
to the police-offices. Higgii 
native of the first flower of \ 
gem of the sea, had been the \ 
and though he did still cai 
scrambling practice, yet he fo 
profitable employment, in 
to Lord Innismore's odd job 
whims, carrying messages, i 
patching up squabbles (he 



THE UKCLE. 51 

cannot do for himself, until he became what 
was called the EarFs right-hand man, and was 
fnallj rewarded, to his indescribable delight, 
with the appointment to what Lord Inmsmore 
called '^ domestic agent;" a post which he 
fiiMIled very much to his employer's satisfaction, 
for he had a smattering of all sorts of know- 
ledge, great and untiring activity, unbounded 
devotion to his patron's interest, and with 
all his meanness and toadyism, was a strictly 
bonest man. Moreover, inasmuch as he had 
performed the feat of persuading a first-rate 
French cook, upon only four-hundred a year, 
to remain no less than five years in the house, 
whom the Earl's irritability would infallibly 
have otherwise driyen away in a fortnight, 
and established amicable relations upon matters 
connected with the cellar, with the principal 
houses in Bordeaux, Marseilles, Oporto, Cadiz, 
*nd Frankfort-on-the-Maine ; it may be readily 
supposed, that he became quite indispensable to 

d2 



52 



HAKDXESS; 0R| 



Lord Inuismore, and was as firnJy fixed upon 
Ganton as its mortgages. 

** Little as I am disposed/' said Mr. Howard, 
** to apologise for poor Henry's proceedings, 
which have doubtless been extravagant to the 
last degree, and I fear marked with the most re* 
prehensible dissipation, there is yet one ground 
for hope to which I need hardly allude^ as it has 
of course not escaped your lordship's penetra- 
tion ; and that is, that with all his extravagance, 
and all his follies, not one mean or dishonour* 
able action has ever been whispered of Henry ; 
and when you take into consideration the 
career he has nm, the temptations he has been 
exposed to, and the general low tone of moral 
feeling among the pleasure-hunters of a great 
metropolis, that is in my opinion a subject to 
congratulate ourselves upon." 

*' Well, yes, that is true enough ; so it ought 
to be ; he was bom a gentleman — he has been a 
gentleman this six hundred years — this eight 
hundred years and more ; but that selling his 



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THB UKCLE. 



53 



L, — talking of that> Mr. Howard, there 
m another ihmg that annoys mc exceedingly ; 
yon know, that after Dunlara and Willy, this 
yoong scamp is the next heir ; the titles all go to 
idm, though the entail is cut, so the estates do 
Doi neoessarily ; now really, I do not think 
dial Dunlaia's life is hy any means a good one, 
(Am worthy doctor shook his head and looked 
MlemB.) I should not be in the least astonished 
if he were cut off in early youth, (his two audi* 
ton would have been, for they knew that the 
yoQiig viscount was in his twenty-fifth year, and 
■t strong as a horse) ; and as for WiUy, I really 
do dunk thmt some of his mad- cap freaks will 
cost him his life some of these days. He has 
one tolerably quiet horse, for his Colonel insists 
apon his charger being steady in the ranks ; but 
as fn^ his hunters and hacks, he will not look at 
anything that is not possessed with a devil, as I 
f«rity believe all the officers of the Eighteenth 
ire themselves ; — did you hear of their last per- 
fimiuDce, and of WiUy^s escape f* 



M 



hardness; or, 



"No, my lord,'* sxdd Higgins, with an ex- 
pression of the most intense interest ; *' I hope 
Mr* William was not hurt." 

" No, as it turned out, he was not hurt, hut 
that was his good luck ; he might just as weU 
liave been killed as not. They were quartered 
in the same barrack, with some regiment of in- 
fantry — ^I forget which, in which there was a 
captain of such an tingoYemable temper, that 
his own brother-officers hardly dared to speak 
to him. Well, nothing would content these 
youngsters, but they must bring a jackass into 
his room while he was at dinner, lash it down in 
his bed with one of his nightcaps on, and leave 
it there to await his return. When he came 
back, I dare say having swallowed an enormous 
quantity of that decoction of damsons and bran* 
dy, tliat they call port in the army — do you ro* 
member our dining with poor Ulick*s regiment, 
doctor? — ^Ugh, well, he found this uninvited 
occupant in possession of his bed ; he wa;^ in 
iiuch a perfect fury — I am sure I do not wonder 



THE UNCIB, 



55 



U It — that he threw the poor brute out of the 
viiuiow : Willy was staiKJing just under^ and in 
filing, the hoof of the donkey struck his shoul- 
do — if the body of the animal had fallen upon 
ha heady it might haTe killed him on the spot.'* 

The profound gravity with which the Earl 
■■mted the asimne aTatar, was too much for 
the risible muscles of his audience ; they both 
broke into an irrepressible laugh, and it was 
HOC without a cheering conviction that some 
p fc gi c is had been made in his mission of mercy, 
that Mr. Howard observed, that after a mo- 
nenc of seriousness, the Earl joined in their 
Beniment. As they went into dinner, the ve- 
nerable pastor whispered to Mary, who hung 
upon his arm, ** Say nothing more for the pre- 
MDt about your brother ; your uncle is exceed- 
ingly angry with him now ; but I have no doubt 
wiB come round by-and-by,'* 

A gentle, almost imperceptible pressure of 
the old man's arm, was the token of the young 
lady*a acquiescence in his advice. The dinner 



50 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



went off as favomably as could be desired; 
nothing occurred to derange the old nobleman's 
temper ; and to the great delight of all present, 
he ate with a hearty appetite. 

** Let me send you some more of this turkey, 
Mr. Howard*" said he ; " it is uncommonly 
good^ — a fine high-flavored bird^ — it is almost as 
good as a pheasant — ^is it not, Doctor ? — will 
you have another slice V* 

** Thank you, my lord, that will he quite 
enough ; a very fine turkey it is, and does the 
poultry-man great credit," returned Higgins, as 
his plate returned, loaded with the flesh of the 
bird, the feathers of whose tail he had that morn* 
tng requested that the cook would keep for 
him, to decorate a mirror over his mantle- piece ; 
60 that he knew perfectly well, that it was a 
young pea-fowl. 



< 



THS ITNCLS. 



57 



CHAPTER IV- 

For come time after Waverton left him, 
Henry de Bargh paced moodily up and down 
bi» room. His meditations, which were not of 
a peculiarly agreeable character, were inter- 
nipted by another note, and as he gazed upon 
the coTonetted seal that closed it^ he could not 
llelp saying, with a melancholy smile, " I 
Aould think this was the last of the series.*' 

U nm thus : — 



*' DsAft BiB. DB Burgh. 
** I BATB been requested by Lord Mudacre, 

j>5 



58 



HABDXESS; OR, 



to propose to you an arrangement that he thinks 
will be acceptable to you under the unfortunate 
circumstances we all deplore 8o very much. 
His proposition is, that you should travel with 
his eldest son, Lord Cubtown, in the capacity of 
private tutor ; and he begs me to say, that your 
knowing nothing of that business will not make 
any difference, (except in so far that you cannot 
expect the same large salary that an accom- 
plished clasRical scholar might command^) all 
that he wants, being, that the young lord should 
be brought up as a gentleman, in which I think 
that he will be disappointed, for a more horrid 
uncivilued monster I never saw in the whole 
course of my life. You know Lord Mudacrc 
was a butcher's boy before his claim to the earl- 
dom waa made good^ and he really is a butcher 
stiU; but it seems this youth h^ promised 
marriage to an apothecary's daughter, and it in 
principally to break off this, that the old peer 
wants to send him abroad* I hardly like men- 
tioning it; but an essential part of your duty 



THE tJNCLE. 



59 



■ 



woald be to intercept any correspondence be- 
tween the two, or at all events to make the 
Earl aware of it, if it took place ; and if in Paris 
tr Yieiina, some of the beauties of the Coulisses 
OMdd be made to supplant the lady of Rhubarb 
in Lord Cubtown's heart, his father says he 
woold dttly acknowledge the service, as no 
hann could come of that — none but elderly men, 
lirolien rooes, marry that sort of people. The 
ntaij he proposes would be three hundred a 
yetr« to be doubled in case of complete success ; 
though I think it would hare been wiser in 
Lofd Mudacre to have accepted the piir& offer 
■I once, namely, to be oS* altogether for a thou- 
atad. A jury would give that much if it comes 
intck court. You see I write entirely as if it 
wut a matter of business. 1 do not know^ 
whether it will suit you^ but I was resolved not 
aUow any false delicacy on my part to interfere 
widi any prospect that mi^ht be to your ad^ 
rmtMgt, I have just got such a love of a China 
itt from my uncle at Calcutta ; it belonged to 



hardness; OB, 

the Begum of Sattara ; I am so sorry I shall 
not have an opportumty of shewing it to you 
before you leave town. Adieu. 

*^ Sarah Loosely.'* 

Henry crushed the offensive epistle in his 
hand» and a £rown darkened his expressive 
features. '* False delicacy ! — unblushing effiron- 
tery. What," siud he, indignantly > *' is it not 
enough that those blood-suckers of the Stock- 
exchange, those demons of the share market, 
shotild mark me as first their dupe, and then 
their tool, but that this woman, who has known 
me since I was a child, who will constantly 
have to chaperon my sister, should coolly sup- 
pose that I would undertake the office of a bear- 
leader to the most cross-grained, addle -headecl 
cub in Christendom; to be a spy upon his 
actions into the bargain — and something more. 
This is indeed tasting of the bitter fruit of de- 
gradation ; thank God, my poor mother is not 
alive to see all this ; it would have broken her 




THB UKCLB. 



61 




ban. What 1 another letter ! Wlio brought 
tbis, John ? — the whole world seems to have 
ooQspired to driye me mad.'* 

** It was left by a boy, sir ; he said there was 
BO a&swery hie master would be sure to see you 
at hts bouse this evening.*' 

" I wonder what this may be/' said he, as the 
lervant retired ; '* a proposal to drive a coach, I 
coppoce ; be usher at a school, or cad to a buss. 
Let me eee.'* 



^ As you have lost good round summs at my 
, and have always behaved honourable, and 
ift one good turn deserves another, and hawks 
•hofuU not pike out hawlcs eyes, I take the liberty 
of propooing to you, as I hear that you are cleaned 
out, that you should attend regularly at my 
cfltabfithmentj to play aa decoy, which I will 
make worth your while, so as you may live as a 
gentleman should, have your cabb and horses 



62 



HARDNESS ; OE, 



all correct and swell as before ; hoping to see 
yoa to^nite, I am^ dear sir, yours to command, 

" John Wet.ls, 

*• Jermifn Street" 



" Confound this fellow's impudence ; a pro- 
posal to become one of the swell-mob, a partner, 
or rather a servant in a hell ; to play as a 
decoy!" 

The cool sublimity of the insolence of this 
last epistle was not, however, without its good 
effect. Henry, discouraged and cast down, had 
almost lost heart ; the liberal offers of the 
Borneo and Sumatra Colonization Society, had 
not reassured him ; the proposals of his British 
Aoxiliary friend in the Bench, had failed to 
raise his mind from its state of depression ; the 
flattering confidence of the projectors of the 
Calcutta and Sangur Railway, had passed un- 
heeded — it was a shadow light as air, or lighter 
yet, the bubble itself; the unaffected kindness 
of Waverton had made him more thoughtful. 



THB UlfCLE. 



G3 



melancholy ; the offensive letter of 
Lidy Looeely had only caused him to feel more 
acolely and more painfully his degraded posi- 
lion; bat this last blow roused a slumbering 
qiinft to his breast, that he himself had not 
known he possessed. ** I may be ruined/' said 
be ; ** I may be poor, — I may be banished for a 
dne irom the society to which I was born, — 
I may be cast off by my uncles — but no man 
say of me, that I was mean in my ad- 
nty ; it shall go hard but I shall win my 
way bocki if industry and honesty avail ought 
in this ooantry/" Henry was a young man, 
and gave induAtry and honesty credit for being 
ci|iftble of much greater things than they are 
in thia country^ or any other ; but good resolu- 
Uooi are always worth something, if it were 
oaly for the self-respect they inspire. His mind 
W now in a healthy state, his preparations 
were soon completed, and the next evening 
Ibond him domiciled in the house of a respect- 
able farmer at Kensworth. 



64 



hardness; oRj 



CHAPTER V. 



''Mb. J,, my dear," said Mrs. Johnson, as 
the worthy couple indulged themselves one fine 




THE UNCI.B, 



65 



t looking woman ^ whose autumnal tints already 
ffWJAminftted, though she was little more than 
hnj yettfs of age. She was bom one of that 
dMi which occupies so anomalous a position 
jm our social system, who sometimes rise to t)^ 
l%hipit places among the nobles of the land, 
•nd tometiinesy alas! sink into the lowest depths 
of Tke» — clergymen's daughters. 

Her ^ther having died when she was barely 
tjgisteen, she was too young to fall back upon 
die omal sad resource, the dismal career of a 
I, but was left, an only child, with her 
mother ; and upon the death of her 
irag parent, which happened a few months 
a&erwards, accelerated indeed by the first cala- 
■itjj the orphan Julia was taken care of by a 
worthy confectioner in a neighbouring market- 
tmrn, a touching exhibition of chanty rewarding 
imAfi fer of course it never occurred to the good 
Smaiitaii, that a supply in his shop of an un- 
eonunonly pretty girl, as she was at the time, 
create a demand for his buns, pepper- 



6G 



HARDNESS ; OB, 



mint lozenges, raspberry tarts, and other abomi- 
nations, — ^a curious illustration of the laws of 
attraction. 

In that shop, however, affording the food for 
tove, and gratifying the love for food, she sat! 
day after day, to keep his daughters company, 
as she in aftertimes used to allege ; because it | 
was so much more cheerful than the back par- 
lour, — but never served anybody, except o{\ 
course carriage customers, her own particular 
friends, and the officers, 

A few months glided thus cheerfully away 
amongst the jams and jellies, and she was fortu- 
nate to captivate the heart of Mr» James John- 
•on, the second son of a late respectable brewer 
in the town, whose father at his decease had 
left a sum of eighteen thousand pounds, — thei 
result of a long life of the steady industry and 
probity, so characteristic of the English trades- 
man — between his two sons. The elder, Edwarti, 
being of an adventurous disposition, had carried 
off his share to India years ago, and might bo 



THS rXCLK. 



67 



>iid 



and Imried^ or a member of council, or a 
of Bonjeet Singh\ or Emperor of 
far anytlung his relations knew; he 
hiid Bo4 written a line since he went out« and 
nabodj had the remotest idea where he waS) or 
whal be was dcMng. Bat James the second, not 
the monarch of that name, hat the second son, 
1y decided to let weU alone, (which was 
than his kingly namesake did,) and re- 
al home^ enjoying amongst his friends 
whose ideas upon money matters 
not Tery magnificent, the place, prece- 
■ad consideration of a rich bachelor, 
QBlil the day came that Julia Atkins attracted 
; and after a short, self- nourishing 
upon cnatards and cheese-cakes, the 
pioaip dve scene of simpering and stammering 
and bloshiitg came olf^ and the pre«>iding di- 
vinty in the temple of Ceres consented to make 
Ub the happiest of mortals over some gooseberry 
tuts from the other side of the counter. 

Dewly-married couple, soon after this. 



68 



HARDNESS ; OB, 



being fond of shrimps, determined to live b 
the sea- side, and settled themselves ta th( 
neighbourhood of Kensworth, in a square brie 
house of remarkable regularity and orthodo 
of structure, presenting in front a door with 
window on each side, giving light respectivel; 
to the dining and drawing-rooms, or, as M 
Johnson would call them, the parlotu: and day- 
room. The sagacious reader will have con< 
jectured that three windows surmounted i 
ground-floor; a small lawn lay in front, dosel 
shaven, but here and there broken by oval an 
crescent- shaped protuberances of brown ei 
with a few roses, and an occasional holly 
and sunflowers, some perches of stunted shru 
bery , and a white gate to enter by, — all tidy an 
genteel, and as nice as a new pin, as the fair 
mistress of Daffodil Lodge observed upon 
ing possession. 

Twenty years and more had now ela; 
since their marriage ; and if Mrs. Johnson 
not made her lord the happiest of men, as 



5 lair 

ip«3^^ 
she" 




THE UNCLE* 



69 



Hid die voaldt in that heart-stirrmg day of 
"jmoig LoTe among the pastry/* she at all 
€fealB made him as happy as any of his neigh- 
boai>; and it was in a stroll among the grounds, 
vikh coTered nearly an acre, that she made 
tie abore aUossoa to one of the principal sources 
fifhb happiness — ^his second daughter, Arabella, 
vliidi announcement of her disapprobation, how- 
^vetf produced no other observation from the 
gmfemeD, than the innocent (though sometimes 
profoking) qnaation of ^ \Vhat'8 the matter 
wwr 

"The matter?" returned his better half; 
" doo'l you see that Mr, Hopewell never takes 
\m eyes off hex at church ? — and somehow or 
t/dtm oontriTes to meet her in her walk every 
^ of his life. I am certain that he will come 
hcni a-courting of her soon/' 

"I wish he would," returned the gentle- 



• Well, there, now, how provoking you are ! 
-to think of that girl, who is the most elegant 



70 



HARDNESS ; on, 



and genteel young lady in Kensworth, exa 
indeed her sister Tuliana, being thrown awa^ 
upon a poor poking creature of a curate/* 

**Do you object to his being in the church ?' 

*' Yes ; what business has he with a wife 
and he the son of a paltry bookseller, too ! 
it had not been for his uncle being the foremi 
of a college, he would have been nothing but 
common counter-jumper, or perhaps, as he is 
a regular sap, a penny-a-liner." 

" Poor fellow,*' said Mr. Johnson, as 
thought upon the scanty pittance that 
country which seems to be entrusted with 
mission of christianising the globe bestows, an^ 
that grudgingly too, upon its labourers in 
vineyard of the Lord ; '* poor fellow, it woi 
have been better for him." 

*' Now reaUy, Mr. J., I do wish you woi 
show a little more spirit,** returned the lad] 
witli some animation ; " now that our daught 
are grown up, it is high time, for their sab 
You know that you never was tn business,' 



THE UKCLB, 



I» (t]ie episode in the pastry-cook's 

long doce voted a mere amateur 

J K> we are r^^ar gentle folks, and 

to rate ourselyes accordingly ; why 

i DOC CD visiting terms with all the gentry 

ne^twitxliood V* 

they won't have us,** 
WcU, I wish you would do something. 
Six Harry, or the Squire might be 
pRRid and disagreeable ; but look now at young 
lb* Jacobs, the retired gentleman from the 
<Bd[*4*xchaiige*s son, who drives about such 
A befttttifttl gig, with aoch handsome gold 
Imiett, to dashing/' 

**! think I have f»een a very dashing -lookiTi 2 
fomg Udy in that gig too.'* 

' Well T' said Mrs. Johnson, somewhat taken 
by this remark, but ralljring nevertheless 
that only shews that he wants a wife. 
I an wart I would rather see a daughter of mine 
nartittd to a man that has some life in him, than 
la a poor humdmrn cushion-thumper. I do not 



72 



hardness; oBj 



think she cares a pin about the parson ; but 
I am sure that if he proposes she will have 
him, she is such a poor-spirited creature, so 
unlike her sister.*' 

" My dear Julia," said Mr. Johnson, now 
thoroughly roused from his habitual taciturnity, 
by this attack upon his favourite daughter; 
"a better, kinder-hearted, more right-minded 
creature than Arabella never breathed- "Wliether 
flhe likes Hopewell or not, I do not know;1 
but this I know, that sooner than marry a man 
she did not love, she would He down and die. 
Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to^ 
see her the curate's >vife. His birth mi 
be humble, but it is as good as ours at all events; 
and it does him the greatest credit, that he 
has raised himself from an obscure origin, to 
be respected and beloved by all in this parish, 
high and low, with no help on earth except hifl 
own good qualities. I do wonder how you can 
think of comparing him with that low-lived 
blackleg of a stock-jobber. I should consider 



THE U5CXE. T3 

it an honour if sa^ a man, poor as be if, were 

to &n in lore with a daughter of miiie. Yoa 

go on fretting, because joa do not live aaoB^ 

the gently of the coontiy, which woold hoc 

make as a bit happier if we did, iar ther wooM 

only langh and sneer at as, if we were to posh 

onrsehres in amoi^ them, or at Jacob's eidier ; 

and yet jon most know tctt well, that Mr. 

Hopewell might dine emerr day at the LaH, 

ix % Henry's, or some oi their Looks, if Le 

^eased ; bat that he always refoKs, bteaBom k 

takes op fire predoos boon, as he sayi, iht 

third-part of a working-day, dut bcl onei to fcis 

flock. I do wish diat yoa woald lean to !k 

content with yoor kit, which oaght to be a Tery 

happy one, and leare off repimng becaiwf yom 

are not a great lady; yoa do not know the tt.ttt- 

merable causes of aneasiaess ac^I osh^ipiaeai 

that exist vnaag those ^etrplt yoa esvy so ; 

and as to Hopewefl, if he ptopoaea icx my 

dan^iter, and she accepti him, he shall hare 

ker.- 

TOL. L t 



74 HAEDNESS j OB, 

" Well, my dear, you know; but only one 
cannot help feeling for one's daughter/' difl-, 
creetly rejoined Mrs. Johnson, well knowing, by' 
past experience, that the unusual length of her 
spouse's address was indisputable evidence of 
its earnestness ; for whenever he exceeded 
twelve or fourteen words, the remainder was 
law, — there was no mistake, there should be no I 
mistake ; in fact, he had not held forth at sudtj 
length since he had put his veto, two years ag< 
upon a projected fancy-fair, to be held in the^ 
grounds of Dafibdil Lodge, ostensibly to cele*j 
brate the fair Juliana's coming-out, as her 
mother called it, but really, as he was well 
aware, for the purpose of worming themselve*] 
into an acquaintance with Sir Henry and Lady 
Kensworth, Mr. and Lady Maria Overton, andi 
divers other local potentates, perchance evea 
the great and gouty Lord Appledore, who livod 
in a Bath-chair and forty yards of flannel at the 
Hall 

Kow Mr. Johnson was a gentleman of an 



TUE L^e^fcL 



to 



ig and easy disposition, averse to 

ttUieceMary interference in the simple affairs of 

kis faooieliold, who was iii the habit of letting 

Mitten in his £imily take their own course, 

wiien aathing was going wrong; so much bo, 

tkn the neighboars would observe, with a 

litttiocu wink, that the grey mare was the 

better horte: and also would, not unfrequently, 

aaploj that asuertion respecting certain articles 

of drasSy which is another of the established 

fampy** for expressing female domination, or as 

Kr. JacobBy jun. used to observe in his language 

of Jeho, ^ the old girl drives the coach," which 

wu tlie truth, and nothing but the truth, but 

ftoi the whole truth ; for it had escaped his pene- 

tntMMiy that she drove it exactly as her husband 

ordeted. His will, once he was at the trouble 

of exprMttng il^ was not to be disputed ; he 

had espretsed it iotcUigibly enough now, and 

the lady saw at once that it was no use continu- 

b^ the battle^ »o she gave in at once« and the 

coople went in amicably to tea. 



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76 



HA.RD14ESS; OR, 



" Law, papa, how late you are !** said Mi 
Johnson, as her father received his tea from the] 
hands of Arahella ; " I thought you never 
would have done talking* to mamma on the 
approach,*' There is no law to prevent a gravel, 
walk being called an approach; one may apJ 
proach a house on foot as well as in a carriage, . 
at least so it is to he presumed, thought His* 
Juliana Caroline Johnson, a young lady ap- 
proaching the age of reason, the mystical! 
twenty-one, and wondering very much indeed] 
why ahe was not married. Bright piercing' 
eyes, regular features, ivory teeth, and thick! 
curUng ringlets, would have made her decidedly 
handsome, if it had not been for a certain, 
meagre and pinched expression of countenance^] 
an appearance of habitual discontent, that she 
seemed to have inherited along with the second 
edidon, revised and oorrected, of her nanoe,! 
from her mother^ whom she resembled also ml 
many other respects. She passed for a beautf 
nevertheless in Kenaworths; nor wasthe second 



THB r:jrcLE* 



77 



I 



•, Arabella, without her admirers* Tail, 
fineljT moulded, she differed widely in ap- 
ito less than in disposition and cha- 
ncter^ finom her restless and ambitious sister ; 
fer the hAbitual expression of her classical fea- 
tnrw Wfts thoughtfulnessj almost pensiveness: 
jH diat dark-blue eye conld light up upon £t- 
fn^ oecmAms ; she could smile, and her smUe 
wm werj vwcet, and very fascinating ; she could 
kiigh* and her laugh was very light and very 
■McaL One more personage completed the 
InSy group — a la^e, heavy, good-natured 
bokinglout, between seventeen and eighteen, 
^Bdaously deroured bread-and-butter and an- 
ihtma, m the regular proportion, honey and 
fltfiwbanry-jam being feminine food ; this was 
!3(r. Joiinson« jun., whose mother, at his birth, 
Btfiirally concluding that he must reach the 
heid of whatever profession he adopted, with 
DiCaiial prescience determined upon being bc- 
farcband with time, and accordingly insisted 
hij being christened Wellington Eldon 



78 HARDNESS; OR, 

Pitt ; and that was a compromise, for she pleadi 
hard for George, Augustus or Frederick, int 
the bargain, (in case he should become a 1< 
of the bedchamber,) for she wisely obscrv* 
that she might not have another opportunity — t 
prediction abundantly verified by the event, fbl 
no second sou presented himself. 

Mr. WelUngton Eldon Pitt Johnson decidi 
to which of his names he would do justice, aa 
eighteen generally decides ; and was at that mo« 
ment, like many young gentlemen of his age in 
England, and all in Ireland, waiting for a commis- 
sion, and likely to wait the term of his natural 
life, if the following epistle from one of the 
county members, which his father had received 
the day before, were to be depended upon. 

•• Dkak Sir, 
" I HAVS just this instant returned from the 
Horse Guards, where I went about a commissioii 
for your son, Wellington. I am sorry to tay, 
that I could not get any poiitivo proncuac upon 



THE TJITCLB, 



tlie subject, the applications are bo numerous ; 
Mod the Tague assurance that his claims will 
W tiken into consideration as soon as an oppor- 
tnitj oocuTs, h really worth nothing. I have 
been enquiring how they ever manage to get 
tkroogh the enormous number of names upon 
tbe list» amounting I think to more than a thou^ 
iisd I and have been told that the regular form 
ill to attach some peculiar and specific military 
nrtoe to the age of eighteen ; and consequently^ 
tsoepi in cases where a family is sufficiently 
p o wer fu l to command attention, the candidate 
ioi a commission^ until he approaches that age, 
ii told that he is too young; when he reaches it» 
11 told there are no vacancies ; and two or three 
OMOthft after he paaies it» is told he is too old, 
aid removed firom the list. You may depend 
V|mi my utmost exertions; but, in the mean 
dme^ I chottld strongly recommend you to look 
<Kit lor some other profession for your son. I 
regret extremely to hear that some of the far- 
ms^ in your neighbourhood, who have hitherto 



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HARDNESS ; 0&« 



supported us, have been indulging in some 
severe remarks respecting the late proceedings 
of His Majesty's government. It is of the 
utmost importance to the welfare of this free 
and enlightened country, that that respectable 
class should not again be subjected to the over- 
bearing domination of the landed aristocrats, or 
the anti-apostolical meddling of the parsons; 
and it would be highly injurious to the cause of 
civil and religious liberty all over the globe, if 
so influential a constituency as ours, were not 
represented by members of liberal and enlight- 
ened views* I trust no such surrender of its 
independence is possible, or to be contemplated! 
and so, with my best regards to Mrs, J., and 
all your amiable family, I remain, my dear sir, 
** Yours most faithfully, 

" HjLlCPDEN WASHtNOTON MlRABEiU SmiTH.** 
" ^— /aA?«on, Esq.t Dqfodil Halt:' 



M^^^ 



This was not very encour^ng; but 
Johnson would not hear of thinking of any 



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Other profession: — ^there was something grand 
in being the mother of a slayer of men ; and 
Miss Jaliana had already drawn and coloured 
a portrait of him, (in advance,) dressed in his 
red coat, with a drawn sword in one hand, and 
a valentine in the other, apparently standing 
sentry over an abandoned field-piece, as is 
the proper grouping of a military portrait: 
there is something distinguished in being the 
sister of a killer of ladies ; so the old gen- 
tleman was obliged to leave affairs to settle 
themselves, and console himself with the reflec- 
tion, that a few months would bring the pre- 
dicted superannuation that was to terminate 
his state of probation as a candidate for mili- 
tary honours, and so dispose of the question by 
authorities against which there was no appeal. 

" Did you see Mr. Hopewell to day, Arabella ?" 

asked Mrs. Johnson, as, having completed the 

supply of her father's wants, the fair girl sat 

down at the table. 

"Yes, mamma," answered she; "I saw him 

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82 



hardness; or, 



as I was coming out of widow Barton's; he seemi 
to think she Is very ill." 

" 1 suppose he takes good care that his visit* 
should be at the same time as yoars^ does not 
he ?" asked Juliana, with a slight sneer. 

"I do not know/' mildly returned Arabella; 
** he was there at the same time to-day, and yes- 
terday, certainly ; it is his duty, you know/* 

** What, to be there at the same time as you?" 

" No; but to visit his sick parishioners." 

" It is such a nice way of getting a husband» 
^so interesting to be always poking into sick 
people's houses, and meeting handsome young 
clergymen there." 

" Juliana, my dear, you will be the death of 
me," interrupted her mother; *' you are wo 
arch." 

" I am sure it would make me sick,** con- 
tinued the young lady» " I should catch some 
horrid disorder ; but then, to be sure, if one 
catches a lover by it, that makes it quite another 
thing. — I hope you wear strong gloves, Arabella, 



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THE T7NCLB. 



83 



—not diat I could bear a clergyman for a lover 
•^ihey liATe no spirit in them. What do you 
think, Arabelk?'' 

**I do not think the worse of a gentleman 
becaose he is a clergyman/' replied Arabella, 
vhow temper was still proof against the spiteful 
provocations of her sister. '* I am sure many of 
dios are very good men, if they are not so gay 
tod flfl^hitig as the ofEcers at Branton." 

** Oh, in course, I never thought you disliked 
the parsons/* hastily returned Juliana, whose 
'ideal ** was a lancer ; she never had seen a 
lniMar» or the " horse-milliner ** would probably 
liave been the ApoUo. '* I do not think the 
black coats dislike you either. Dear me, who 
OBI that be f* and she jumped up and ran to the 
window 

The object that had excited her attention 
was a young man, apparently about three-and- 
tve&ty, who was walking rapidly along the road 
b front of the house^ for a smart shower had 
begun ; and April showers, though very 



84 



hardness; or. 



pretty in the " creaking couplets " of a pastoral 
in the pages of a romance, are very objection- 
able in the open air. He was slightly made, 
little above the middle height, and, without any- 
thing remarkable in his appearance, had yet 
that air of distinction, that quiet, easy self- 
possession that so often marks and distinguishes 
from the rest of the world, the frequenters of 
the great world in the metropolis. He quick- 
ened his pace, for the squall was becoming very 
violent. 

" He'll be drenched to the skin,'* said Mr. 
Johnson ; ** run out, Arthur, and ask him to 
come in." 

The youth executed his hospitable commut* 
sion in the least possible space of time, for 
there was no inducement to remain out in the 
wet. 

" Well, what did he say ?* asked his mo- 
ther, when he returned alone, the stranger 
having civilly declined the offer of shelter, 
continued his walk. 



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THK f JiCLE. 



85 



'* He said that he was very much obliged, 
hit that he had only a few steps to go^ and his 
r was waiting for him." 

dinner iraiting I" repeated the good 
hif, in astomshjnent ; ** why, it is hall^past 

dghtr 

*^ He most be m. man of fashion/' thought 
Juliana, who imagined that the late hours of 
Loodoo life were for the show of the thing, and 
Dot fer the sake of a mouthful of fresh air. 

•'He mu$t be a lord;' thought her mother, 
vho fimded that senators got into habits of late 
boars, from not always having finished their de- 
liberations by dinner time, ''or a member of 
(^liaiiieEt, at the least.'* 
••He must be a poet," thought Arabella, 
wbote idea of a bard was an incarnated defiance 
«| time and place. 
** He must be amazingly hungry I" thought 
^ locking general, as he reestablished his 
^pamlioos against the eatables with increased 




86 



HARDNESS : OR, 



'< Half-past eight ! I have dined myself at 
half past six ; and very fatigoing it is, waiting 
80 long," said Mrs. Johnson ; " and I believe 
they dine at seven at the hall; — but half-past 
eight! — who ever heard of dining at half-past 
eight?" 

The gentleman in question had. It was 
Henry de Burgh. 










TR^ VVCLT.. 


^1 




CHAPTER VT, ^M 


^^H^'My dsak Wavsbtox, ^^ 


^^^^Having 


now been established here more ^^B 


P tkffl ■ week, 


and haying become tolerably well ■ 


aeqiiamted with the topography, I take up my 1 


pea to let you know how I am getting on. 1 


InpriiDtt, I 


am settled in a very comfortable 1 


^umrhmite, < 


[>TeT whose garden^ now filling with ■ 


iS muuier of flowers, whose names I am rapidly H 


tcquiring, and giring goodly promise of more H 


•obUmtuJ luxuries hereafter, my windows look H 


^H tipoQ the sea 


My sitting-room, dressing-room, ■ 


^m vuogToomy 


drawing-room and library, aU of H 



88 hardness; or, 

which offices are monopolised by one apartment 
a desperate case of pluralism, comprising an are; 
of one hundred and forty-four square feet, beioj 
twelve feet by twelve; and though I can 
collect having seen more splendid apartments i 
Pall Mall and St. James's Street, yet I can as 
yoUj that pretty country, glistening sea, 
fresh air, go far to make a nutshell habitable. 
My bedroom^ moreover, is favourable to early 
rising} being over the poultry-yard, whence sun- 
rise is announced in the most audible manner 
possible. I find also, that the books I brought 
down, turned out, as you predicted they would, 
the greatest resource in the world. My land- 
lord's family are homely kindly people, who 
seem really anjdous to make me comfortable» H 
and of course succeed in doing so ; and alto* 
gether I lead an uncommonly happy life for a 
ruined man. The place, too, is not without its 
good qualities in other respects ; for I have 
found an agreeable maoi and a very attractive 
girl, in this unpromising village. The evening 



I 



TUB UKCLE, 



ib 



•fter injr arrival, as I was returning from making 
& hasty sttrrey of tho neighbourhood, I w£ 
oreitaken by what they a call a shower, but' 
I ahould call a shower-bath ; and passing a 
nibctrbsD villa, rather a Camden-towmsh sort of 
1 bokmg place, I waa interrupted by a bene- 
volent lump of a youDgBter^ with an offer of 
ihelter. Having, however, dangling before my 
ryes a visioii of roast chickens, which I km 
were da&gling beibre the Ere at my new home 
{or my csspecial benefit, I declined the offer ; and 
aerer shall forget the look of surprise, not 
tiamtxcd with incredulity, with which my 
young friend received the information that 
1 luid not dined at half-past eight ; for to judge 
by hU appearance, he might have dined three 
01 four time^ that day, and every other day 
n&cc his birth, and did great credit to 
feeding. However, having espied rather a 
prectyiih-looking girl all over ringlets in the 
iiadow, I enquired about the family upon 
toy retoro to my farm 'houses which is close by. 



90 



hardness; or, 



and learned that their name was Johnson, oi 
whom more anon, (N.B. I got through th^ 
chicken without bread-sauce 1) The nex 
morning at eleven, (I had done breakiagt!!) 
received a visit from the curate of the pansb» 
to whom, I suppose from the contrast with the 
people among whom I have been accustomed 
to live, I have taken particular fancy. H 
is a quiet, well-informed, gentlemanly man, 
devotedly attached to his profession, yet with- 
out bigotory or sectarian feeling, or that prig- 
gishness which one sometimes meets, or more 
properly expects to meet, in gentlemen of his 
cloth* From his account, it would appear 
that one is to live for next to nothing in this 
rustic retreat, which will suit my book admi- 
rably. I met him the same evening walldng 
with the aforesaid family of Johnson, to whom, 
rather to my surprise, he suddenly introduced 
me. I found the governor a strange old bird 
ever you saw, and very sparing of his words, 
Vhich I had no objection to ; the mother s style 



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91 



I 



jom will troderstand, when I tell you, she is a 
cnatrified duodecimo Lady Bottleby, with a 
glTMl dttbe to pass for something very £ne ; 
dw ddeit girl all ringlets and aSectation, side- 
bog gknoes and arch questions ; but the youngest 
qvte wofo my heart — she was so quiet, and> 
itnnge as it may appear, lady-like. Notwith* 
that the pretensions of the mother and 
bore me soroetiines, (now and then, the veil 
li to transparent that they amuse me,) I have 
baeone a constant visitor at Daffodil lodge, 
wUch is the highly horticultural name by 
whieh ibetr residence is known ; and yon 
would langh to see the profound unconscious- 
wm of doing anything out*of-the-way with 
vbid) I §et forth every second evening, if not 
t/knetf to drink tea^ and eat bread-and-butter 
ttd ihrimpa with these people, at eight o'clock. 
It iksva what a very adaptive creature man is 
(that's metaphysics), and how little we know 
^hat we can do till we have tried (that's com- 
), I have also succeeded in getting 



92 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



to bed by twelve, and up by eight, in getting on 
very well at dinner with a jug of mine host's 
home-brewed aJc, in abolishing cigars, (a shilling J 
a day will tell upon the thi*ce hundred and sixty-1 
five,) in burning a curious preparation of some 
animal substance they call mould candles instead 
of wax ; in short, have performed and continue] 
to perform^ with great ease to myself, divera feats | 
which, two months ago, would have been coil' 
sidered utterly and entirely out of the question*! 
* Sweet are the uses of adversity ;* it is a comfort' 
to reflect that Shakspeare foresaw my case (that's! 
philosophy). I have as yet no letter from myj 
aister, I charged her strictly not to apply to my 
uncle for relief in any other form than simply i 
that of putting me in some way of earning myj 
bread decently, for I have not the slightest idea 
of becoming a pensioned pauper at G an ton. 
But I hear he is furious about my having sold 
my troop. It was provokingt certainly, after 
having had three captains under one at three-and- 
twenty ; but what could I do? I had no other | 



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93 




; Le would give me no assistance ; and, 

bcnde^t at tbe time I had no idea that my debta 

could liave been 6o much reduced by compo- 

or that such a sum as fifteen hundred 

ootdd have been struck off old Gripe's 

YoQ would have laughed, as I can 

vnw^ if jQVi had seen the last proposal I received, 

likcr you left me, for restoring my broken for- 

trmes. It was neither more nor less than an 

oder from that scoundrel Wells of a liberal pro- 

moDy 'upon condition of playing as a decoy at 

bi hell* I thought that Lady Loosely's idea of 

me to travel as a bear -leader was bad 

; but I was doomed to find * even in the 

loweil deep» a lower deep/ It, however, had 

«e good effect — it put me in a passion ; and 

lilh \he feeling that I mutf exert myself^ and 

tdy upon my own resources, came the cheering 

comctioDy that they are to be relied upon. 

^tTcrton, there is stuff in me, and it shall come 

«ot. For the present, I see nothing better to do 

dafitvttiiig the £unlity with which I used to 



94 



HAEDNESS; OB, 





scribble for fancy fairs, albums, and such 
important occasions, to some account for 
magazines, and propose occupying myself witk 
a critical, biographical, scientific, and anal 
description of the career of a lady of fashion 
they call them in the newspapers ; not the ( 
of people that we know, but those whose course 
may be traced from the first step of begging 
balls and despairing of Almack's, to the cro 
ing mercy of a safe set in the season, (Epsom 
Ascot), of talking of not liking to crowd her 
rooms when she gives a ball^ and having a real 
lord (and perhaps a supernumerary one in 
serve), to take her down, when she gives 
dinner. I am in doubts whether my inn* 
respect for monarchical institutions will allow n 
to introduce her to a Queen's balL What d 
you think of that, old fellow ? — you see we 
not floored yet. 1 ooasider this letter a strikijig 
specimen of my literary powers, curiously gi 
nished with reflections and quotations, full o\ 
intellect (other people's). It would make a capit 



THE UNCLE. 



95 



tftide itself, headed * The first day of ruin,' 
* Tli« moneyless man/ * A hundred a- year,' ' The 
mm out-at-elbowSj* or some such strikiDg and 
■ttucSiTe title. I &hoald think you must by 
titk Cime ha^e met my siater : she was to have 
gooe up to town in the course of the week. 
Good bye, my dear Walter. 

•* Believe me, ever yours sincerely, 

"Henry de Bueoh." 



Tbc gentleman to whom this somewhat lengthy 
fpiictle waa addressed devoured it «imultancou&ly 
«iih his brerikfast, and when the double event 
bd come off, felt himeeii' much gratified and 
encouraged by both* Waver ton, a man of good 
baOy and moderate fortune, had completed his 
tvaxty'Seventh year ; and although there were 
I few years difference between their ages, a 
okost intimate friendship had always existed be* 
tiero him and Henry, whose final break-up, 
<Uioagh he had long foreseen and foretold it, 
W reaOy given him the greatest pain. He had 



96 HARDNESS ; OR, 

been four years ia parliament now, and with a 
wise forbearance, had abstained from speaking. 
in the house ; silently and slowly, but not th 
less surely, laying the foundations of future' 
success, by diligent attendance, close application, 
to business, and extensive though judiciously 
directed study of the world of matters with whic 
a British parliament has to deal, that is to sa; 
every object under the sun. 

Had he and Henry been on the right side, he 
could easily have got something for him to lire 
upon from the no-patronage government ; but, 
alas I the reform mania that came hand in hand 
with the cholera, twin sisters to scourge us for 
our sins, about the time he entered parliament, 
had failed in seizing him. A sound mind in a 
sound body had baffled alike the madness «nd 
the pestilence; he had stood out manfully to 
the kit, and recorded his ^al protest againii 
the many-headed bantling of " enormous lying" 
maternity on the 22nd of March, amongst the 
unyielding two hundred and thirty-nine, the 
Abdicls of the nether house— 



A ■ 

I 



L 




a: 



THE VNri.E. \h 

*' Faithful found 

-"^niong the faithless, faithful only they ; 

-c^mongst innumerable false unmoved, 

^'nshaken, unscduced, unterrified. 

• • • • • 

Nor nmnben nor example with them wrought ; — " 

10 resisted the blandishments of the tempter 
had so energetically lauded our constitution, 
hen, like Milton's hero, the earliest leader of 
movement party on record, he found that 
heaven was not so perfect as he had sup- 
JE306ed, and sunk from the paradise he had so 
^Admired into the '^ dismal situation, waste and 
'^^d," of democracy. Waverton was found in 
^l^he ranks of the stalwart opposers of the sche- 
<iiiles, on that night of desolation that the House 
of Commons committed suicide, when the de- 
sponding Tories, believing themselves in articulo 
^i^tUf raised their Jeremiad voices for the last 
^e; little dreaming, good easy men, that nine 
short years would bring matters back to exactly 
^bere they were, with the striking advantage 

VOL. 1. F 



f)8 lJATM)Nt8S; OKj, 

for the Conservntives of several ugly quesHont 
ilisposcd of, an immensity of dirty work done, 
and twice the number of places to ^ve away : 
so much for govcrDing without patronagc^ — for 
bunting with the houndsj and running with the 
hare. 

However, the pear was not then ripe ; tb< 
enchanted head, not of brass, as Bacon's, but of 
baser metal— the pewter of the pot houses — badflf 
growled *^ Whigs is** to Lord Grey, had grunted 
" WttiGfl was'* to Lord Melbourne ; but ibej 
finai howl, whose ominous mutteringi may eTenj 
now be heard in the distance, gathering and 
swelling as they approach, *' WHIGS HAS 
BEEN," was yet to come; so nothing 
be expected from the ministry for such an in. 
curable opponent as Wavcrton ; and it was with 
very great pleasure that Walter observed, from 
the cheerful tone of Henry's letter, that his mind fl 
nad quite recovered from the not unnatural de- 
pression into which his mishaps had thrown 
him, and that, in fact, he was able and willing ta^ 
do flometkiDg for himself^ in which case it 



'4 




THB UKCLB. 



99 



aot mmaonaUe to stippoee that Proyidence 
would do something for him. 

** Well he IB coming rounds at all events/^ 
Mid he, as he addressed himself to a colossal 
feSo, covered vith pale blue paper^ the reposi- 
tory of the collected wisdom of parliament ; " he 
hv 90od mbilitiesy and if these misfortunes of 
lui 1^ him steadiness of character to apply 
them properly, he may turn them to some 
iO00<Qnt yet ; not that he will make anything of 
his writing, but there is this much gained by it, 
—it will keep him out of mischief, and possibly 
if be shews that he really can and will exert 
r, it may propitiate his uncle, for that, 
all, IB the quarter to which we must look 
fm cffid«st aMaJBtancc in the end. However, 
tfacro k one comfort, and a very great comfort it 
iil0Oy*-therG ia to be no foreign blackguard- 
ma^, no BoulognCi or Calais, dt Brussels. We*re 
0Q& of that scrape ; a man^s never thoroughly 
I long as he can live in England.'" 
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100 



hardness; OBt 



CHAPTER VII. 



" I CBRTAtNLY admit/' said Henry, as he anc 
new friend Mr. Hopewell walked down to 
' Daffodil Lodge together, ** in a mere physioJ 
point of view, the superiority of the country. I 
admit that when I get up in the morning, I feel ^ 
myself fresher, in better humour, readier to set ^ 
about anything that is to be done j but that, I 
maintain^ is mere physical energy, such as you 
see in a dog let out of his kezmel and friskii^ 
about,— a sensation that the ploughman, who 
cannot string two ideas together* shares with 
the philosopher/' 



THB UWCLE. 



101 



Is dial a pbysical energy that you describe V* 
the curate. " I doubt it. The fresh- 
m may be physical; it may^ and probably 
does proceed from the absence of indulgence or 
orer-night. What you call in better 
r, I call more sensible of^ more satisfied 
with, and more grateful for the bounties of the 
Creator, The foundation of all good humour is 
the thorough sense that we enjoy what we never 
deterredy and never earned, and the being duly 
gnleful for it. What you call being ready to 
Kt about whatever is to be done, is, I suspect, a 
tery tare and valuable quality. Man^ viewing 
lam aa an iocamated spirit, is intended, I appre- 
hend, to be an active being, his abilities merely 
givai him in trust, that each individual shall 
OQCrSntte his share to the general progression 
of the whole, the gradual but inevitable develop- 
ment of the mighty truth, the immeasurable, 
univerealt immortal Goon. How many of man- 
kind are ready to set about the twentieth part of 
«hat they ought to consider is to be done, and 



I 



to become ft very mgn, a 

the soul, a fitness to do the wi 
It seems to me, that you ha? 
mind as having bee& raised 
firom town to country, from a 
not to say torpid depression^ 
stimulants and excitement, to 
self-dependence. The gain ii 
is strictly mental.'* 

" That is to say, one tumble* 
one is called," returned Hem 
" with sense enough to put o! 
right side out^ and energy et 
one*3 boots, and temper enougt 
blaspheming : I cannot make o 
indication of intellectual superi 
know the orderly officers alwa; 



THB UHCLB. 103 

that in London we live three or lour days in 
medxy; bat a man cannot sleep doable tides* 
one can only cram one night's rest into one 
night, 80 of coarse one is tired and fiigged when 
(me wakes in the momnig — at noon, I mean. Bat 
doi is taking London merely as a pJace of amose- 
ocBt and excitement. What man is there of an 
energetic torn of mind, — for that, after all, is 
what the qoestioa resQlTes itself into, — that can- 
not find die opportanity of exercising and sharp* 
emag his fiumlties in London? Is he stodioas ? 
The learned accnmnlarions of centaries sanoand 
tin. Does he prefer a lighter style of literatare? 
Ihe piess poors forth erery conceiTaUe variety 
tf com p ositi on, to be measored by acres : the 
Xuaes alone prints three acres a day. Is he 
•aeatiiic? Sdenee is become almost a plaything 
in Lmdoa. Ton see an assemblage of wonders 
ofait attbe Adehkle Gallery or the Polytech- 
nic, prod^ies oi haman ingenuity and research, 
4e iDHmt tliey are hit o£ Whererer a dis- 
omy is started, it is aldmatdy ran down and 
mde svalaUe in this coantry. Is he of a 



104 HARDKBSS; OB, 

religious turn of mind ? In London he will find 
the system of preaching against time almost given 
np; men preach to produce results; there is 
talk of fashionable preachers, but there is the 
/ae^ of rivalry and energy in the pulpit. Even 
those who live the mere life of pleasure that I 
have done, will find it in greater perfection and 
less frivolity in London than anywhere else* 
There alone the society of the really clever and 
companionable men^ not the mere haunters af fl 
balk and parties^ is to be enjoyed^ and in great 
numbers too, with that of the most beautiful* 
and, I think, the moat agreeable women in the 
world. The society of Paris is a disjointed mass 
of &mily and political coteries. There is no 
repose in it, either; it is too gladiatorial. I 
know nothing more embarrassing than when a 
weU-bred Frenchman, having said something 
uncommonly clever, turns round to you with a 
polite pause, to give you an opportunity of say- 
ing something clever in your turn : it is very 
alarming. Then in Germany the cleverest men in 



« 




liii. iNri.F, 



10.5 



arc noi to 6e mci in society ; that ' von' 

pJi^ ihc devil, — I beg your pardon,^ — does a 

4mi of mtMdiicf. The bosiness of the country is 

carrifld on by people not noble, so you 

tee them ; and those that you do see have 

to da» nod do it, and of course Icaru 

They are generally empty, though 

to in. ibo north ; our fellows have heads, and 

how to use them. Wliat with county 

tf and parish business, and justice busi« 

and the management of their estates, they 

a habit of forming opinions, and exe* 

coimg them. Then there h parliament ; there is 

a body of a thousand picked men, the principal 

aid the ahleat men in the country, constantly 

Miployed opon the affairs of the country. To be 

Rtfejtbey cannot get through the thirtieth part of 

ihdr work properly, still their heads work ; they 

■refit ibr aomething better than playing billiards, 

ib4 will ooi itatid having their brains carried for 

UwB by the newspapers. Surely you would not 

piU gtUiog up in the morning lyithout yawning 

v5 



106 



HARDNESS ; OB, 



4 



particularly, against tbe enjoyment of such sodely 
and such resources,'* 

'*Is the London that you describe so ener- 
getically, the London that you have been living 
in^ or that the greater part of the residents in 
the metropolis live in 1" asked the curate, with 
something of a smile. 

** No ; I confess that my time has not been 
half so creditably employed as it might have 
been^ and ought to have been ; I have been 
living like a fool, to say the least, 1 merely set 
forth a few of the good qualities that the place 
poBflceses ; and I think that the intoUectUiil 
superiority^ notwithstanding all its follies and 
its vices, must be awarded to the scene whero 
intellect is kept worked up to its utmost stretchy 
where menV minds, in incessant collision, arc 
incessantly sharpened and brightened*" ^| 

'* And hardened in the process, I fear,** re- ~ 
joined liopewell ; " 1 have lived little in 
great, and less in the gay world ; but even h( 
I can observe a decided difference when 



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THE UNCLE. 



107 



Kq u woi t ha and Orertoos return from London 
each August, Irom the sort of people they were 
when they went op in the spiing ; for the 6rst 
aooth tbey appear to me to be jaded^ disap- 
poinlad, fiutidioas, and indifTerent about their 
fteaaot% carelew of the poor, restless, scekisg 
■nmmhiiig to do^ jet unable to settle themselves 
to do anything, deficient in social sympathy, 
iodined to adopt the sentiment in the fable of 
the donkey dancing among the chickens, ' every 
one ixr himself, and God for us all.' I hardly 
iMQgnixo in them the excellent^ kindly neigh- 
■od worthy people they turn out to be^ 
they reoorer their proper character by 



*' Oh, of course !" exclaimed Henry, exhibit- 
bg decided symptoms of relapse, *' everything 
m London ii r smuggle, a whirl and confusion ; 
ike dayi fly to £ut, that nobody has time or 
pQwtr to Ikink of anybody but himself; it is a 
pnfect diitnction — ^people are half*mad ; the 
Knmhb is glorious, the pace terrific ; that's the 
Uwitv of it** 



lOS hardness; or, 

*' What J have you forgotten the literary tiea. 
sures already ?** asked the curate, rather amused 
at the working of the old leaven; "and the 
scientific institutions, and the preachers ? 1 
really felt somewhat alarmed when I found 
what a grave personage I had to talk to ; it is a 
relief to my mind to hear you admit, 

* Dolce cat dissipere in loco;' 

but I am afraid the * loco' in London morality 
extends over all time and space. — No! I like not 
the tree that produces such fruit. Intellect t» 
a two-edged sword ; the head may work its 
wonders until it resembles inspiration, and the 
hand may carry out the conceptions of the 
mind with inconceivable skill and rapidity ; but, 
rely upon it, it is to religion and the affections 
we must look for our happiness — it is the heart 
and the soul that must help us at the last ; the 
house that is built upon the rock» has its proper 
place in such scenes as these, where the quiet 
contemplation of nature in her well-ordered 



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THE UNCLE. 



109 



• 



fimpBcity, leaTes our better feelings their due 
mfluesce, — ^not in the crowded and boiling city." 
'• Well, '* answered Henry, with a good- 
bamoared laugh, ** I cannot sustain a war of 
lacfa marrellous fine words as these ; however, 
you hare my free leave and permission to con- 
rert me if you can ; I dare say I shall be so 
mqch the happier for it, — better, at all events ;** 
and they entered the approach to perform that 
remsHcable feat to which he had referred with 
•o much complacency in his letter to Waverton; 
BliBcly, to drink tea with the Johnsons at eight 

that neither of the respective cham- 
of town or country, entered very deeply 
the subject they were discussing, which in- 
flaed was a much larger one than they imagined, 
it ts not astonishing that their arguments pro- 
duced little eflect upon one other, and they cn- 
iCTsd the temple of tea and shrimps without 
«ny diange of opinion on either side worth 
recording. 
The party assembled round the tea-table upon 



age, tall, gaui 
in a bright yellow gown, 
8on turban, in conseqnei 
selection of colours, the 
at the George used most 
nate her, *' Hell*s Flames/I 
stone," ** Raw-head and bU 
Belial as they were,— but 
introduced to Mr. de Bor| 
Irving, which seemed to bt 
legitimately received from 
godmothers ; for she answet 
her Beat at the sound with a 
in curtseying with ineffiibk 
manner of our ancestors, t 
rear with so much liberalil 
chair, an awkward event, f 
terferes 



THE UHCLS. 



Ill 



fUaag ber lingleto at the db c omfite d spbt- 
tK^t oonfanm, whilst Anfaeik pidkad «p tlie 



fin£«d 



Iblnriiig, wbowfine bv 
■ituiuuiy WIS Q^oite 
■■cUiorately prepared 

tffvnt; and IuhL scotiiiia dbr jel nic ^ 
il^MB, and feel the had joar i «aci 

*I Bw joa walkiK icMur ^^uir SBJoeL i&^d£T. 
Jfc de Iluigliy'* aaid JFiUBza. vul t ■ wwi?*^ 

01 lairv '•iac it ti** 
eocU hs»» i«ex 'Inzunsc' 
• ia :2c ^vricfiL irr ac-5 



▼tiVrg ji *::« asriffi r::^- 



:a: --.^ 



2 s 'jp^jr^-^nA-^ :r> 



112 



hardness; or. 



" Ail, Mr. de Bargb, I saw you too/* «aid the 
intellectual Amelia^ " deep in the labour of the 
mind ; I knew it from your absent appearance, ■ 
and tbe way you were switching the hedges 
when you promenaded past my bower; the 
geistliche herren, as the rich Yocalubary of 
Teutonic literature calls the esprits forts are 
always in an etude brune when they are occupied 
in * giving to 

*' Airy nothings — 
A local habitation and a name/* 

(that*8 a liberal translation of geistliche herreQi 
thought Henry, who had spent some time in 
Germany before he entered the army*) When 
I have succeeded in enticing yoii to mysrcadiaa 
relrait, and we compose ourselves to enjoy 
' the sober leaf, that cheers, but not inebriates ;' 
(she cannot mean a cigar surely, thought Henry, 
who was no great authority in matters of qao* 
tfttion, and still less in matters that regarded 
the tea table;) I shall levy an autographical 




TflK UNCLB. 



113 



I 




» 



tnbotD upon vuu for my aibum^ my book of 
tlic boudoir/' 

''I am afraid it will be little more than an au- 
logniplHcal one/' returned Henry, '' for I should 
really be uncommonly puzzled what to put 
hefere the signature." 

*'0h, you men always make such diffi- 
ij^ resiumed the tormentor ; ** you are 
dcr feind der stets vemeint/ as the 
inuiiorul Goth says, (* Well, that^s civil enough ; 
I wonder if she knows what she's talking 
ibout,' thought the victim.) When you enter 
nyiancliam sanctorum, there is no escape but 
tinvKifh the album, — Lasciate ogni eperaaza, is 
tka iucription over it& porch/' 

Thk last felidtotis application was too much 
lor Henry's gravity ; the unconscious transposi- 
lion of the infernal warning, to the Holy of Holies 
wii utterly irresistible, and he burst into an un- 
cootioUable fit of laughter ; which, however, the 
worthy lady took for assent, or at all events en- 
cottTigement, and proceeded accordingly more 



\\4 



HARDNESS ; OE 



mercilessly than ever, to display her variegalccl 
treasures of lioguism. 

*' I shall expect something from your luuid^ 
Mr. de Burgh, that will penetrate the beartj 
— quelque chose de tres piquante, — a soudoc 
to the unspeakable, indescribable^ unsatisfi 
yearnings of the soul ; or to a wounded gazelle 
with its full black eye, faisatit des yeux in i 
death agony, — or perhaps, (here she look 
hideously sly and abominably signifioaot,) 
' a cantina d'amor/ as the Spaniard has iu 
('Confound the polyglot Hydra,* thought Hetiry 
* I wish to heaven she had not such a gift 
tongues ;*) but here Juliana, who evidently con 
sidered that she had been long enough kept i 
the back ground, broke in. '* Are you fond of 
music, Mr. de Burgh ?** 

** I really understand so little about iV 
I can hardly venture to say that I am fond of 
it/* hastily returned the gentleman, to whom 
this iosidious query was addressed ; for he had 
ahready espied a snake in the grass, a most 



i 
1 



THE UKCt^ 



IM 



^VSoBKBg green case in the corner, with a 
mfncknis-looking cKerry-coloured ribbon dang- 
Ibg hxan it — there were breakers a- head. ** Oh 
m we nercT mention her," — "Meet me by 
MQii%ht alone,"—" Green hills of Tyrol/'— 
•We hwre lived and loTed together.** Mar- 
tyred innocents, long since broken upon the 
whed in the barrel -organs, murdered amidst 
ajoslBcd shrieks upon the hurdy-gurdy, that 
QQj^ by this time to have received christian 
bviai; but the '^ trump that wakes the dead,'* 
I wtry guitarj the property of the muse of 
Kcoivorth, as the lady of languages delighted 
b henmg herself called, was there, and threa- 
tiaed to recall them from their graves. 

** I love,*' said she, *' the fondness for music 
Ait Mr* de Burgh so feelingly describes, (' God 
Wp me/ thought Henry, * I thought I had left 
n^lf pretty safe there,') the unsophisticated 
idaumiou of song that is unfettered by bars 
^ chorda, the homage to the sweet sounds 
4rt pnietzste the heart by the force of nature ; 



- of Ale: 
«»d those of Orpheus, lediea 
'""" *^ brutes acknowledge 
««l»beca.t a wistful gi«„,^, 

green case. The teacups had I 

'"d replenished; she fiuishe, 

^^^ at Juliana ; there w, 

'">«'« J the your.g lody had „ 

having been allowed so litUe < 

P^y herself. Her question 

mu«cal taste had had no r, 

^tax, which she devoutly wish. 

0/ the channel;, he had merely, 

*he was deter„.ined to say som« 

"°t exactly t„ow what to say 

,iooked daggers and thunder-cloud 

-«>on:-she had asked Miss Irvi. 
^ot to Bhine in .^«:.^ . . 



THS UVCLB. 117 

Mttire, and absurd affectation, should oontzatt m 
Kroogiyas poeaiUe widi her own da ughters ■ or 
itfher danghter, fiir she tnmhied her head little 
about AzabeDa— in the eyes of Mr. de Burgh, 
trodnng whose eircnmstanoes the good people of 
KeawosA had as yet oome to no satisfactory con- 
dosion, judging rather that he had come down 
br sea air and sedoaon, than on aoooont of 
ay embanrassment in his afSurs; but according 
hiiB nerertheless the place, dignity and prece- 
dence, to which the ''gentleman from London," 
a preacriptiYdy entitled at a country village. 
Miss Amelia looked nervously round ; time was 
wingii^ his flight like a swallow ; the case was 
presBiag ; once die table was cleared, a round 
game menaced circnmTenting her musical ma- 
noeuTres, — commerce was staring her in the 
^, and commeroe was ruin,— eren the exem- 
plary HopeweQ made no objections to playing 
fit loTe— -especially when he was seated next 
Arabella ; once begun, adieu to all prospects of 
nrbling — noCea would yield to cards, — the first 



118 



HAHPNESS; OB, 



knave would deal — destruction. " Thank Heavei 
she is told out,*' thought Henry, and took 
vantage of the temporary lull to address 
to Arabella. 

" What a n^elancholy story it is of that 
widow,'* said he ; " my good landlady told it ,i 
this morning J — ehe thinks that she is d] 

** Poor woman, I hope not," replied Aral 
' it would be a dreadful misfortune to 
grandchildren of hers ; I am sure I do not knot 
what they could do." 

" Go to the workhouse, of course," inter- 
rupted Mrs. Johnson, rather sharply, as if it was 
a pieca of monstrous folly in Arabella thinking 
of any other mode of disposing of the poor^ 
creatures* 

" Oh, mamma, they would be so unhappy 
that horrid place ; they have been accusti 
to be ao kindly treated all their Uvea.*' 

*' Well, we cannot help that ; they 
subsist themselves, and we pay our poor-ia 
regularly ; I am suro thoy are high enough 



THE UNCLB. 1 19 

Welia?e had plenty of trouble with that old 

iroman while she lived — we needn't have any- 
tidttg more to say to her once she is dead and 
buried." 

That eldest boy might really be turned to 
something in a small family/' observed Mr. 
Hopewell ; '* he is very well disposed and sharp 
besides, and quite old enough to be a foot-boy» 
or nm errands, or any thing of that sort, — he 
must be nearly eleven. He is good-looking* 
too." 

'* I wiih Miss Overton could be persuaded to 
take him as a page," hastily exclaimed Arabella ; 
** he would just do to sit behind her pony phaeton, 
and would look so nice in a pretty page's 
dress." 

Arabella did wish that Miss Overton would 
take him ; she spoke in the innocence and the 
goodness of her heart, and immediately built a 
pony phaeton in the air, with a page in a braided 
round jacket, sugar-loaf buttons, sitting behind, 
for Miss Overton's benefit* but — 



uo 



UARDNK6S ; OR, 



" Mnny a shaft at random scnN 
Finds mark the nrcher little mcani 



And the word page awakened in Mrs. John* 
son's breast an indefinable sensation, soniethin| 
between that with which an errand boy si 
in at a pastrj-cook's, and that with which 
yachtlDg party deliberates upon the probabilit 
of the wind rising beyond the paiiy-of-pleasi 
point. 

" I dare say Miss Overton can take care 
her own poney phaeton, I am sure she is ol 
enough," (she was twenty- three,) said the 
lady, sharply, her day-ckeam of a page acqi 
substance at the sight of a not*OTer*clcan mail 
who entered at this moment, and who, under ll 
denomination of the parlour-maid, dischd 
divers weighty trusts in Daffodil Lodge ; ** 
people may want additional servants in 
fsmily, as well as Miss Overton. I suppose 
is not to have the pick of all the servants in tl 
country ;'*^ajid as she looked at the rough, rcdi 



TILE rNCLE. 



121 



female arms that were employed in removing 

lea^cups, the seed Arabella's chance observa* 

I lad ftoim, germinated, sprouted, grew, 

I, fruited, and ripened, under their rosy 

A certain bridling up as she spoke, 

^Klosed to JuUana^s sharp eye what wzs 

paidng in her motherV mind at the moment, — 

ti<*c red amis^ that bird*8-eye-blue gown, those 

£|ipen down at heel, the black stockings^^ — the 

^hole thing was so ** horribly ungenteelj" — the 

«bicitiite waa so delicioufi> — a page. Chivalry 

nttng like a phcanix from its ashes, to minister 

to the world of feahion ; — visions of coming splen - 

^007 duoed before her eyea; a youth (there are 

10 boya now, except among the aristocracy) with 

igncn jacket (she called it a spencer,) trowsers 

to toms^tmA, a gross of little round buttons, to 

fe her b^ests — it would be quite a distinction, 

1^ wheo he reached the age of long tails, he 

nS^ be called the butler,— she struck whilst 

^iroDwashot. 

''Oh, tpamma ! what a nice thing it would be 

TOLL o 



122 



HABBKBSS; OR» 



« page !— «iiii^ a ^iarliT^g of a youth, 
Iblrs. Kesswortli's, to wmit at dinner, and attcfil^ 
the door (diaa vould haTe been Tery light work 
indeed), and carry our prayer-books after ns to 
rlmrb. We hare wanted sometlmig of the 
Bott, tlos ^e.*" 

** I do not ooDiider any establishment coohj 
pbte without a page,** authoritatiTely remail 
Mr, Ueniy de Bnrgfa, instinctively coBciodiagl 
dMft k would please Arabella, having the boy] 
pnmded for, thongh he acquitted her of tn] 
dnire of yhining in the reflected glory of a pageij 
and &iicying that he could detect an expi 
of gratitude to him, in the gentle snule 
whkh she repaid his oracular and well-tiined| 
olMCifalkm ; in £ict, they were beginning to ^ 
uodentand one another — it was getting dflQ- 



•• I wuh the poor boy was provided for," «iij 
she, looking pleadingly at her father. 

" Well, my love, we must ®ee about it. 1 ^, 
not lauKW but what we do want some tof^] 



THE TKCLE. 



!23 



an cleaning^ the knives and forks, and 
the shoes/* returned the good gentle- 
niBy whoso pet> emphatically, she was^ — and not 
wkbool reason, — and whose prosaic idea of a 
IMfie moLj be gather^ from the work he pro- 
poied lor that functionary : — " I dare aay your 
aolher could £nd work for another pair of hands 
blhehoase.'^ 

Hot mother had not the shghtest douht 

opQQ the subject ; the boy in buttons would be 

>«et*off Bfabut a sort of elevated melon-frame, 

M Smiflower Villa, that Mrs. Simpkins^ its fat 

lad (air owners called the conservatory, — and 

the pago qisettion would probably have been 

dai^Qtetl of forthwith, had not Miss Irving sud- 

dniy difcovered that Henry's eyes were fixed 

ifm ArabeUa'fi &ce, with what is called an 

•^jvifocal exprcaeion — that is to say, an ex- 

ptMoii of the most unquestionable and un- 

^BiToca) admiration. Of course, this sort of 

dong eoold not be allowed to go on. 

Ah ! my dear Arabella," said she, *' what a 
G 2 




124 



HARDNESS : OR, 




winning virtue is that charity you pracdse 
beautifully, — je vous en fais mes compHmens, 
it covers a multitude of sins, — it is a regu 
domino noir," 

" I really cannot see the connection betwee: 
sympathy with our unfortunate neighbours, 
sinfulness on our part/* interrupted the cura 
somewhat nettled at this unjust and ill-natur 
attack upon poor Arabella, whose charity was as 
sincere as it was unpretending. " We are com.* 
manded to love our neighbours; we have t 
example of — " 

'* Dear me ! Mr, Hopewell,'* struck in 
lady of Babel, andante, "why you are talking 
haut en has, as if you were in the pulpit, (h 
de Burgh's risible muscles mutinied again ;) th 
you see Mr. de Burgh is laughing at you — I 
suie I never said anything about sinfulneas; 
only said sins, which, you know is quite another 
sort of thing/' 

" Oh ! do, pray, dearest Amelia, favour 
with a song," cried Juliana, forgetting and 



rwcLE. 



V25 



gmi^ her own injtmes in consideration of the 
ittick upon her sister. 

" Do* dear, it will be such a treat,** pleaded 

Mn. Johnson ; '* Arabella, go fetch the guitar," 

ad the guitar was brought. Miss Irring would 

ksfv Hked to oommencc a system of passive re- 

■mce. She ought, properly speaking, to 

himg bock for a proper allowance of beg- 

and praseing* but Mr. Wellington Eldon 

?et Johtmmf haying no music in his soul, had 

already opened m drawer which she knew con- 

firised tha material for the paper- war of com- 

mem — cards and counters. Mr. Johnson Hked 

1 mmd game ; and it being an approved 

of eoQitship in Kensworth, and probably 

other rural districts, to propitiate the 

iir ost bjr making her hand, it was probable 

Ibtt dit otlier two gentlemen, whom she had 

tkmif ait down as rivals, might incline to that 

pmine^ at leaMt so she judged^ she thought she 

bA^ poaiibly run It too 6ne, so off she went at 

«•©>—'* We met — 'twas in a crowd, And I 



heU was not at aU like the merceni 
the ballad, and that she had no nn 
*' cause of all this anguish/' 

He did not shun her — he did soi 
never once thought of her ; for He] 
all his life been in the habit oi 
amateur music as intended solely to| 
body but the person to whom he 
hearing what he was saying, had 
study " dc moribuB Kensworthomi 
never reflected that what was perfe 
and canonical in the metropolis, 
doctrine, heresy, and schism in 
and by the time that Miss Amel 
got so far as to inform the compai 
quivenng and touching accents, t) 
conld breathe,** he was engaged ■ 



m of a Tnnr intrnnftiTin^M^ 



THE XJVCLB. 



127 



Tliere was the felicity of the genteel dass in 
ion ; spite, enrj, baffled scheming, hollow 
i, the arcadian happiness of those who 
wft»lt«rig to do» and yet in the midst of them, 
ikreated, neglected, despised, was one that 
■IglithaTe graced a prince's side, — who, without 
Kitli, wealth, or rank, was yet a lady of crea- 
tini*8 choiceat mould, a gem of the first water, 
Ao^gii diej knew it not ; but Henry de Burgh 
did — the smiles of the lady Harriets and the lady 
laMi had beamed in vain upon the ball-room pet 
ia liOodoD ; the convulsive efforts to enchain the 
ihihwnjT captidn of hussars in the beauties of 
the oottntry towns had met their usual fate, 
■■dy, being left at the Erst toll-bar with 
iIm tomptkeman to be handed over to the re- 
BefTiiig regiment ; and yet, now, unconsciously, 
vkhom die slightest effort on her part, by the 
ttoi ferce of iweetoess of temper, quietness of 
mmm $ni goodness of heart, Arabella had 
Bttde DO iligfat progress in his admiration — and 
—in his affections. 




128 



BARDNESS; OR, 



CHAPTER VIIT. 



" Mr. Waverton, will you be so good as to 
take ^li&B de Burgh T »atd Lady Loosely, as thi 
chaos of the drawing-room, at the magical sp< 
of that mighty wizard, the butler, resolv* 
itself into single £le^ and, like a great, glitt< 
ing, variegated snake, wound down the stair<^ 
case ; and Mr. Waverton thought Lady Loo«el] 
an uncommonly sensible woman as he obeyed. 
The descent to Avernus, (it is unnecessary to 
translate,) is said to be easy enough, and pro- 
bably isy if the clerical authorities are to be 




THE UNCLE. 129 

credited; but that to a dining-room is an ex- 
ceedingly delicate and difficult operation; for 
the gown in front is everlastingly under one's 
feet, and the slightest attempt to hang back 
inevitably brings destruction upon the rear of 
one's fiur charge, who, moreover, never will 
step with the same foot; so Walter, steering 
between Scylla and Charybdis as he best might, 
although five minutes ago he would have given 
five golden sovereigns to have secured the 
coreted prize, that his good fortune or Lady 
Loosely's discretion had thrown into his hands, 
or rather upon his arm, found no opportunity of 
entering into conversation with her until they 
were fiadrly seated at table, and the immutable 
succession of delicacies, green peas and Ju- 
lienne, turbot and salmon, patties and rissoles, 
saddle of mutton and boiled fowls, had com- 
menced. 

'' I really feel as if I had known you this long 
time. Miss de Burgh,*' said he, when everybody 
was settled^ and their minds at ease; "your 

G 5 



130 HARPNESS; OB, 

brother and I have been in the habit of living 
fio much together." 

" I have often heard him speak of you, Mr. 
Waverton," answered ihe ; " poor Harry, I ex- 
pected to have had a letter from him this morn- 
ing. I am afraid he must be very wretched in 
that miserable fishing-village where he is; h 
has all liis life been accustomed to so much 
society/* 

'* I heard from him to-day/' returned Waver 
ton,'* considering at the moment whether he had 
ever heard a sweeter voice, ** and I am happy 
to say that he writes in excellent spirits, (how 
prettily her countenance lit up ;) he seems quite 
reconciled to Kcnsworth ; he has found a persoa 
there that he likes in the curate of the pansh 
and a rustic damsel with bright eyes, or soft 
eyes, or whatever sort of eyes he admires ; m» 
he talks theology with the one, and drinks teftr; 
and shrimps — eats shrimps, I mean — with the 
other; and has a project of arming himself 
with pens and paper, and entering the lists as a 



'4 



THB XJVCUL 131 

litenry character, aniting down Lytton Bulwer 
with one hand, and WLgneH with the other, 
and reigning in their stead; and altogether 
leems to have reeorered ham his depreanon. I 
widi I conld have shewn yoa the letter, it is 
wiitten in aoch a lively hnmoar.'' 

''I shoold have liked to see it," answered 
Mary ; *' but I am delighted to hear that he is 
in good Bpaata ; I was afraid he would hare 
fretted and Uumented himsdf dreadfiilly, he is 
80 eager aboat whatever he is doing, and feels 
ererything so acntefy." 

" Hare yoa been to the open jtL, Miss 
Buzker* intermpted the young gentleman on 
her left hand, <me of those ins^nificant little 
bodies diat idle, and dai^e, and dawdle, npon 
^ ovtskirtB of society, leaving it a doubt 
vfaat view Frondenoe had in their c uu a tiuit ion, 
or what pi u poee tliey ooald be pot to, imleas to 
hang chains, and rings* and stnds, and pins, and 
WMstcoats npoii» and who now evidently was of 
opinion that it wns hi^ lime fiv him to com- 



132 



BAfiDKESS; OR, 



mence shining in conversation, however tinsea* 
fonable his brilliancy might be. 

" No, I have not been there yet/* returned 
the young lady; ** Lady Loosely is going tO( 
take me there on Saturday. I hear it is very 
good. Harry told me that you were the last 
person he saw before he left London, Mr. 
Waverton ; and he said," added she, somewhat 
hesitatingly, "that be was quite sure that 
had a firm friend in you, in case anything] 
should turn up that might be of use to him.' 

"Oh! certainly," answered Waverton, 
indeed with great truth and sincerity ; " that he 
may depend on, but 1 am very much afraid 

there ia great difficulty at this moment — we 

Tories are nothing, you know, less than nothing; ^ 
did he tell you about the various desirable em* 
ployments that were offered him V* 

" Are you going to Lady Jones's to-night 
Miss Biu-ke," asked the gentleman on the left 
hand, whose name did not transpire ; ** Confounds 
that idiot," mentally soliloquised >Ir, Walter 
Waverton. 




a* 

I 



THE TT29CLE. 



133 



"Xo, I am not," returned the victim; " I am 
nowhere this evening ; I shall go quietly 
. — ^Mlat offer, Mr. Waverton ? I heard of 



"Not of the flattering and advantageous pro- 
poMl he receiTed from the Provisional Com- 
oklee of the Borneo and Sumatra self-support- 
mg Colonization Society, to take the command 
ri their armed force, and to embark largely in 
ihdi land jobbing T* 

I** Oh, good gracious! surely he never thought 
of going there; why, it is half-way round the 
•orld, and they cat people there, don't they?" 
** You need not be alarmed ; there is no dan- 
^1 I apprehend, of his proceeding to colonise 
Poipeaa with his own hands/* said AVaverton, 
wailiBg at her eagerness, for the young lady 
^u really startled at the seductions of the 
Borneo and Sumatra land-piracy society ; **he 
^ttlbed the tempting commnnd." 

"You quite frightened me," said Mary; 
"from what I know of Harry's disposition, I 
^ always in a fever about him ; for I know 



134 



HARDXESS; OB, 



that in the temper be is in at this moment^ he 
would easily be induced to do anything, how 
ever rash, that might delude him into an 
that he was doing something for himself.** 

**Yes» there ia no doubt about his energy, 
bat I suspect he has more steadiness than yon 
give him credit for ; I observed, or ^nded I 
observed, that when we were winding up hii 
affairs, then there was one—" 

"I think I had the pleasure of seeing you 
at Mrs. Wilson's, last night, Miss Burke,' 
interrupted the anonymous gentleman, ** dai 
ing with Lord Dunlara ?" 

* How that fellow mangles her name," thought 
Walter ; ** she must have the patience of an an- 
gel/' as the young lady still civilly, but perhaps 
a little more sharply, answered her tor- 
mentor t 

** Yes, I was there, — It was very hot I beg 
your pardon, Mr. Waverton." 

"There was a proposition, to take service 
Mith the Dogsmeatians*"' 



I 



TBB UMCLB. 



135 



** With the Dogsmetians f — what is the 
Dognetifins r 

** Tbc BritiBh Auadliary Legion of Spain.** 

** I sm Tciy sony for that ; he might not so 
ndi dislike iL I hope he refafied it V 

** TeSy be did, luckily i you see it is agsdnst 
has poliim, 80 he would have nothing to say 
ID itf otherwise I should have been almost 
mntf about it. It will be a miserable expe* 
&MII, in every point of view ; the service is 
^ very harassing one, there will be great loss 
ji h£e by sickness, and the poor wretches will 
ke tfarred* — hallo ! I have had nothing to 
ettr 

It wa« a fiurt ; the saddle of mutton was 
tttttog majestically away never to return, 

%M {looUry was already flown, and the minor 
following in rapid succession ; for the 
d Washington, or Napoleon, or Julius 
r, or whoever it was made it, is as true 

II tbe diQiier*table as anywhere else — '* Secure 

t^gteat pobts, the little ones will follow/* 



136 



hardness; or^ 



The case was clear — the gentleman's dinn< 
had been sacrificed to the subject of Mr. Henj 
de Burgh's situation and prospects, but tl 
tragicomic air with which the loser announce 
his bereavement was too much for Mar^ 
gravity notwithstanding the saddening topij 
they had been discussing ; and she could 
help a light laugh, as she observed in coi 
dolence, 

"It really must be a hardship to yoi 
Mr, Waverton* T could have borne it v< 
patiently. You must console yourself wit 
chicken and peas, — perhaps some lobster sali 
might do?" 

(" What a merry laugh," thought Walter.) 

The second course came in, the usual course 
of nature^ and enabled him by a judicious com- 
bination of chicken and peas to drive the wolf 
from the door, and it became manifest that hfl 
was not suiFenng the pangs of 8tarvatioD» for 
he resisted the fascinations of a Charlotte Russe, 
and, unmoved by the attractions of a 
laine farciei resumed the subject. . 



THS UNCr^E. 



137 



^ 



afl,** said He, ** it ia to your uncle we 
anH IooIe in the end ; for though Harry's idea 
flf vntisg i« all rery weU, as far as it goes, in 
p,img him an occupation^ and shewing that he 
viU do aomething for himself, not sink quietly 
■to indgmficeDce, still it is not to he concealed, 
that there is very litlle to be expected from it ; 
dnt RMul to hme is pretty well choked now. I 
do not know Lord Innismorc myself, hut 
I diaU not let this evening pass without making 
kb acquaintance/* 

"1 shall be very happy to introduce you, 
but praj do not say anything about Harry. 
Kf uncle has been so much annoyed by the 
vliok afiair, that he flies into a passion when- 
fter be bean his name mentioned/* 

** Well, I shall be discreet,'* said Waverton, 
uid abandoned her to her anonymous per- 
*ecator, who had shown such decided symptoms 
^ being reaal?ed to have his fair share of the 
ywng lady's conversation* He asked her all 
^focftioos he could think of, though with a 




138 



HARDNEB5; OR, 



commendable modesty he refrained from ven- 
turing upon an original observation himself; 
until tbe buzz of voices growing *'fine by degrc 
and beautifully less/* warned Lady Loosely 
that she must establish the ** separate system*' 
for a season, if she wished to avoid its sileol 
rival; and having succeeded in catching froi 
the greatest distance the table admitted of th< 
eye of the principal lady -personage present, sh4 
withdrew to the drawing-room with her 
guestji, and the Lord only knows what tl 
said or did when they got there. 

Now came " the tug of wine," — the ceaseh 
round of the decanters — the paradise of elderl] 
gentlemen — the purgatory of young ones 
something more of lovers — the leaden hour, 
when the pitiless goddess of dullness asserts her 
empire of prosing. Walter, who had hitherto 
taken no particular notice of anybody else, 
having found himself fully occupied during 
dinner-time, now looked around. On his 
handi the inquisitive young gentleman, who 



THE UKCLE. I^Q 

mmSesdj what is termed^ more fiuniHarij tban 

ippioviiigly, a ''snob'' of the fint water, wae 

hdfiog himself to some candied dtnm, hj way 

if pr^Mzing himself foi the daret Of ooone 

oir friend had conceiTed a yic^ent a r e i akn i to 

Mb, and locked hastily away ; the krat m^t 

aik him whether ke was gtang to Lady Jones*!. 

On his right hand was a yeneraUe <^ gende- 

man, who had already taken posse ■ion of the 

oooYersaticm, and apparently meant to keep it. 

Mr. Oldcastk, the gentleman in question, had 

just concluded a jeremiad upon the owexbmUinz 

of London ; and a mdandioly dirge it was, for 

the glories that are departed, of a certain tra- 

ditioiial palace that was reputed to hare bdonged 

to lome former sopposed Doke of Bedford, 

noiewhere or other in Bkxymsbory, or St. Giiea, 

tad which has long dnce di s ap pe are d, no one 

knows where or how. He ^ben proceeded to 

aootmnt for the bar at die entrance <^ Lanadowne 

psMagBy by informing die sompany, that it had 

been pot op widiu his leonJectioii, m 



140 



HAEDKB9S; OR, 



quence of a mounted highwayman having effect- 
ed his escape throtighout that narrow passage^ 
after having committed a robbery on Hay-hill ; 
and was manifestly on the point of displaying his 
antiquarian treasures for the good of the com- 
pany, to a very inconvenient extent, when Loi 
Innismore^ whose constitutional impatience, 
well as the habit of being always the cent 
round which the rest of the circle revolved, ma< 
him somewhat intolerant of Ikir* Oldcastle's toi 
graphical lore, broke in. 

" Ah I** said he, " those highwayman ; yes, 
am very glad they are put down : I have 
nephew, sir, that would infallibly have taken U 
the road — ^a youngster that ruined himself b] 
the time he was three-and-twenty — a cai 
officer, too— a captain in the twentieth hussars j 
in the old times, sir, he would have Egured 
Tyburn to a dead certainty." 

** Well, I do remember something about 
in Horace,** muttered Wavcrton to himaelf, u 
the old peer concluded his flattering anticipation 



THE UNCLE. 141 

k his nephew ; " but I'll be banged if I ever 
(beamed of its being as bad as this : Miss de 
finzgii was quite right when she told me to say 
aodung about Hany to that old Tartar." 

" Why, my dear Lord Innismore,^ said Lord 
LMsely, '* yon cannot mean our friend Harry, 
cm you r* 

'' I do mean that promising yoong gentleman, 
isd nobody else/* returned his brdship, sharply ; 
for his bile (and Lord Lmismore's bile was no 
matter for joking) had been highly excited that 
Toy morning, by an attempt of old Gripe's, 
seconded by divers others of poor Hoiry's dis- 
bofoest creditors, to work upon the old peer's 
pride, hoping that although their fraudulent 
claims had been suooeasfolly resisted in the 
settlement of his affiurs, they might yet squeeze 
some money out of Lord Lmismore, by repre- 
senting the disgrace dnt would attadi to the 
Umfy if Mr. Henry's just and lawfrd debu, as 
diey pleasantly termed them, were not paid. 
Ihe old gentlemaii, who uerer could see more 



142 



HARPKESS; OR, 



than one side of a question in his Ufct 
adopted their view of the case ; prtncipally, 
cause it chimed in with the etrange and unnati 
ral animosity he had conceived against Henry^ 
placed implicit faith in a plausible story they 
no great difBculty in getting up, about d< 
imperfectly drawn up, and technically im 
nonage pleaded where the letter of the h 
carried the plea through against its spirit, 
historiettes of that sort related in a playful spii 
of romance, until he was worked up into 
perfect fury against his unfortunate nephew, ai 
directed his solicitor to enqnire into the matli 
in the devout hope that some fresh enormity 
poor Harry's might be brought to light. 

The man of business had done as he 
directed, and his task was not a very diffi< 
one ; from ten minutes to a quarter of an 
was quite enough for him to dispose of the 
but his report had not reached his employeri 
Tiord Innismore was not aware, that at the vi 
first questions, almost at the very first appear- 




THE UyCLE. 



143 



of the sagacious lawyer, the claims that 

■eemed bo reasonable to him had melted 

sviqr, Hke bqow before the sun ; and that at the 

fcry moment that he was holding forth at Lord 

LtfXMely*! table, apon the atrocities committed 

hf hit nefpkei^ upon the ill-ascd Gripe, his 

■gent leaised in the law vas considering two 

qocarinni; £nt, whether that mart)Ted inno- 

oeofi share in certain of the transactions, though 

hardly amounting to forgery, might not entitle 

htm to a passage to New Sonth Wales at the 

pabEc expense ; and secondly, whether it might 

aoc be desirable to give him the benefit of that 

faalification by means of the intervention of 

twdfe freeholders of the county of Middlesex. 

'' Wett,^ said Lord Loosely, laughing, for he 
VII porepved £:>r the old Earl^s violence ; '* I 
beautl of any brigand propensities being 
Kdibated to Harry ; when he did get into diffi- 
eterybody said that he behaved so well. 
1 do not believe that any one of his tradesmen 



144 HAHDKESS ; OE, 

lost anything by him — but there's Waverton, 
knows all about it." 

*" I know the whole case perfectly froi 
beginning to end^ for it all passed through 
hands," said Waverton, feeling his coloui 
rise a little at the moment ; " and I had th< 
assistance besides of a first-rate solicitor. 
Burgh does not owe a sixpence in the world*' 

"Do you call defrauding Mr, Gripe 
fifteen hundred pounds upon a mere technie 
omission^ owing nothing?" asked Lord Ii 
more, sharply, his temper already getting 
better of him* 

" That old rascal Gripe," returned Waveitoi 
" shewed what he thought of his claim for 
fi^en hundred pounds, by abandoning it 
instant there was a whisper about going int 
court; and if I had known what I do noi 
when I signed the final agreement with hit 
Mr. Gripe would have been in all probabilif 
in Newgate at this moment, with as fair a 
prospect of Botany Bay as ever man had»" 



L 



THE tTNCLE. 



145 



Well« be had no business to be so extra- 
at all; he ought at all events to have 
ftkd all hia debts : there was a most respectable 
mok tmme to me this morning — " 

" Toa are not going down to the house to- 

ni^ii, are you, Waverton ?" interrupted Lord 

liMaelyy who saw that that gentleman^ who iu 

fact had arranged the whole matter, was not 

prtieularly pleased at the word " defraud," and 

kttsmw that Lord Inuismore, in his heat against 

Ui nephew, was on the point of making a 

fiolent personal attack upon Waverton, which 

■igbt lead to something unpleasant ; " there is 

atlhuig going on, b there, in your house ?*' 

**No, not to-night," answered the senator ; 

'sodung hut some railway and enclosure bills, 

local matters ; there are some questions to 

U put about the Queen of Spain, and a revo- 

UflB MnDewliere in South America, and I 

^ Mmebody wants to repeal the malt-tax. 

I ihaU not go down.** 

**Whcn that tapestry was first put up in the 

voUL a 



146 



HARDKESft; on. 



House of Lords," said the topographical o 
gentleman — it is uimecessaiy to inflict the read 
with the rest of it ; suffice it to say, that h 
got hold of the conversatioD, and kept with 
an invincible tenacity, until the '* Shall vn 
go to the ladies V of the noble hoet, the fonu 
that unites the parted sections of h 
setit them clambering up the stairs, and 
hard work some of them thought it was. 
Bdiss de Burgh saw the arrival of the 
men with very great pleasure, not that 
had a very extensive acquaintance among 
or expected much addition to her amusem 
from them ; but because she hoped relief from 
exceedingly formidable infliction. She had felleo 
into the hands of old Mrs. Eve, whose head con- 
tained but one idea^ and that was dress. ETeiy 
body knows how fearfully extensive a vocabu- 
lary « djr€68iQaker*s is — ^what unheard-of combi 
nations it admits of — with what a giant com 
prehensiveness it descends to the details of th 
pin that attaches a bow, or soars to the general 
faultlessness of attire that captivates a duke 



i 



THE UICCLE. 



147 



eret sinee the ladies had divided the sophas 

and oUonuuiB between them^ had Mrs. Eve 

ponrod into poor 3Iar}''8 weary earj the "weak 

wmshj eretlftsibg flood of eloquence," such 

m Dod^es and they alone delight in. The 

fmm^ \mdjt tired and bored, would have 

hailed the arrival of even her dinner friend, 

with his catecheticsd eoquiriesy but his stock 

tft conrenstion wag exhauated — ^he took to the 

boolts of beaut J, the portfolios, and the albums; 

md she was really very much gratified^ when 

Waverton, steering in safety through a wilder- 

pcia of meOy with salvers in their hands^ 

^cadird the sopha she occupied^ and seated 

Iznsfatf by her side. 

"I had no idea," said he, *'that Lord 
Innismore was so very angry about your brother; 
wme extraordioaryy and I can ansrv^er for it, 
voy Qustaken notion about those unfortunate 
of hi«, aeeiDS quite to have 
don of his mind.** 
•*0h, ^Ir. WaYcrton/' exclaimed Mary, 

H 2 



148 



hardness; or* 



reproachfuly ; " did you tdk to my uncle aboul 
Harry ?" 

" No, I did not, after what you told me 

mer. I held my tongue — he introduced thi 
Subject himself." 

** I wish/' said she, " he could be indue 
to forgive him, I am a£raid he is very 
with him. There were some horrid peep] 
came to him this morning about some moneyi 
that they said Harry owed them, and they pi 
him in such a passion, that I have almost beei 
afraid to speak to him all day/' 

<* Come, Mary, the carnage is waiting,*' m^^ 
terrupted the Earl, who attached an undefinabl 
and almost superstitious value to the hour o( 
eleven, and they underwent a quantity 
cloaking in a dismal -looking back room, an« 
departed to undergo a gloomy and uncomfortable 
drive home, for Lord Innismore whose humoui 
was not much improved by the suspicion whii 
Waverton*8 decided assertion unavoidably foi 
upon bis mind, y\z. that he himself might not onl] 



THB UNCLE. 



149 



be egregioualj in the wrong, but also committing 
^roH injustice^ found in poor Mary a ready 
object for his wrath to discharge itself upon^ and 
the moment he got into the carriage^ com* 
cnenced a graTe lecture upon the subject of 
Hexuy's misdemeanours, that lasted until they 
reached their home, and sent his sister to bed 

IB tfitFi. 

W«lter Waverton descended the stairs 
ilowly and thoughtfidly ; the day had been fine, 
od it waa a clear moonlight night. ** You may 
|0| I do not want you any more^'* said he to 
bii tiger ; " I shall walk home ;" and he felt 
rcHcTcd of somethmg like a restraint, when his 
r4b was out of sight. 

••Poor girl," thought he, as he slowly pro- 
ceeded in the direction of St. James's. " I wish 
mimhing could be done for Henry. Her uncle 
leema implacable — surely, all the places cannot 
ie strictly political ; now such a one as — ." It would 
aoi do ; it was all Tery well flattering himself 
^ be was thinking of nothing but Henry ; 
»dD the image of the young lady kept forcing 



]5Q 



hardness; or, 



itself upon his thoughts, in spite of, or perhaps 
in connection with the disinterested regard h 
felt for the brother ; a bright fair face, somewhat 
melancholy withal, would float before his eyes — 
he had seen that eveningj that which he had 
never seen before^ — he had felt that night that 
which he had never felt before. He turned back 
and walked twice round Grosvenor Square, befo; 
he felt inclined to face the clubs, '* T suppos 
she will be at Lady Waterton's,'* thought he ; 
'* she is a great friend of Lady Loosely's ; she 
will take her there, though I do not see exactljr 
what that's to me ; she has an uncommonly sweet 
smile, though — so expressive. I wonder is there 
any news stirring. I shall go and see at 
Carlton," Mr, Walter Waverton would 
ha^e executed this intention half so phil 
phically as he did, had he been aware that al 
that very moment, Mary de Burgh was weeping 
bitterly for her ruined brother, and there 
none to comfort her. 



:« 



;thel 
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THE UNCLE. 



151 



CHAPTER IX. 



UTTXE casement -window^ oyershadowed 

imer by a luxuriant vine, admitted light 

aid air into the humble room where ^Ir. 

MapeweH sat preparing for his duty of the 

Borrow, for it was Saturday. The scriptures 

ky npoa the table before him> with a Tolume of 

and Mason on Self-knowledge ; the 

manuscript seemed to demand ex- 

i, whilst a scrap of paper half scribbled over 

Idd too truly that the good curate sometimes 

Yielded to the dreamy luxury of writing verses ; 

bat now his pen moved not, — he leant his head 

Aoi^htibny upon his hand, and looked ab- 



152 



HARDNESS ; OR. 



stractedly out upon the fair scene before him ; 
yet were his thoughts manifestly not on the sea, 
nor on the corn-field, nor on the wood, nor yet 
in the pulpit. A very fair image occupied 
his mind, and would not be driven out. 

** It cannot be," said he, at length ; *' what 
have I to do with such things, with an inco: 
so Hmited as mine, with a profession that oug 
to occupy, that ought to engross my heart, my 
soul, my entire devotion ; how should I dream 
of such a blessing, such a distraction as a wife — 
and such a creature ! — How deeply I feel my o 
unworthiness when I venture to aspire to 
affections of so pure a being as Arabella ; I f< 
myself reproved before her — I feel as if I were 
in the presence of a superior, almost a heavenly 
bemg ; yet why do I not feel that it is wrong 
to think of her ? What weak irresolute sinne 
we are f 'He that is unmarried careth for ih' 
things that belong to the Lord,' — the word is 
plain, where is the strength to obey it ? Yet 
it be that we alone should be debarred from th 
enjoyment of the society of a creature of 



bat I 

jhi^ 

my 
am 

2 

re«il 

ere V 

I 



IJ»CLE. 



153 



milder, purer spirit, who would receive 
tti after the toils of the day are over with cheer- 
ibliien and smiles, — would be the iaithfol 
gttiidian of our Httle store^ the soother of our 
the aDeviator of our calamities, the soil- 
of our hanher dispositions ? Is love then 
to the ministers of that faith, that alone 
of all the beliefs the world ever followed is 
on love ? Yet, after all, how do I 
dttt she would accept me? I have no 
to flatter myself that I have made the 
impireaflion upon her; she never gave 
me the leait encouragement. Even if she were 
to take jiity upon me, what would her parents 
ttf ? The father might be my firiend, but the 
certainly would not : she is brim-fbll of 
le lowly lot of a humble curate 
vtmld be despised in her eyes ; and even if 
tb^ were disposed to yield upon that point, 
ihoBld I be justified in introducing a woman I 
bit to porerty ? — Yet, after all, what is poverty ? 
need not dress in silks and satins; forty 

H 5 




1,54 



HARDNESS : OB, 



pounds a-year, and thirty of my own, tnake 
scveDty, and my uncle always promised to spar* 
me another thirty in case I wished to many 
before I could get preferment ; he always was 
anxious 1 should marry — ^one hundred a-yeWf 
it would do very well — ^I might live with them 
too until I could get a living, — alas ! when will 
that be ? — ^^Vell, the will of the Lord be done* 
— no doubt it is all for the best, but — Grood 
morning, Mr. de Burgh^ I am very glad to see 
yon ; but I am afraid I must abandon all 
thoughts of the pleasure I had proposed myeelf 
of taking a walk with you this morning. I hare 
been sadly idle,'* added he, pointing to the yet 
untinished manuscript. 

*• Nonsense, my dear fellow/' answered 
H^nry, "a walk will do you all the good 
in the world; we shall overtake the John- 
sons in a moment — they are only just gone up 
to see that old lady with the polyglot fever j 
you can finish your sermon when you come 
back, your head will be dearer ; but, I say, yott 
must not cough that way — it will never do. 



7^^ 

3 



THB UNCLE. 155 

" My cough is, certainly, rather troublesome ; 
but I reftDy am afiraid I can not go out ; I haye 
Hat sermon to finish, and I shall require at 
Icttl three hours for it ; I am paying now the 
pottkj of my former idleness. Oh for the pre- 
Qou boon that I wasted at college !" 

•^Yoa read too much as it was," retoraed 
Renry* "Upon my honour, you look quite 
wQd tt Om moment :— 

'IW poet*ft eye, m a fine frenxy rolling, 

Hesren to eartli, from earth to Heaven/ 



Otif doii*t be brightened ; you need not hide away 
tftote wene§ in such a hurry, I should not have 
kofced at them* I never did such a thing in my 
fife; the only poetry I ever read was Don Juan, 
ad I should not have done that only they told 
«» 1 must not look at it.'* 
'*Tbeii how did you learn that quotation you 
ju»t recited with so much emphasis?'* 
Mr. Hopewell, with a smile ; " it is not in 
BttnJuaa." 
"•How did I leain it?— I'll be hanged if I know 




156 



HARDNESS i OR, 



— 13 it poetry?— Oh yes, of course it isl*-i 
is it in ? — I suppose I must have learned it f< 
speeches at Harrow ; perhaps Byron wrote 
somewhere in the church-yard; he used to sit oi 
there on the fine mornings in summer, and have 
his breakfast on the tombstones. I suppose that's 
what they call * death in the pot,* the tea-pot 
mean ; poor fellow ! — no, I suspect it must hari 
been for the speeches. I remember, * M^ 
name is Norval, on the Grampian hills;' 
wonder what it would be on Romney Marsh 
and something about the * Winter of our dis- 
content,' I suppose that was in Thompson's 
Seasons ; then there was, * To be, or not 
be, that is the question/ a disagreeable qu< 
it must be, too, when the going judge of 
has to answer it— eh ?** 

** To be, or not to be," repeated the 
not heeding Henry's digression to the circuits 
" to be, or not to be ; the selection of tliat soli-l 
loquy for the schools has always puzzled me ; 
it sQem& strange to teach boys that it is a high 




THX tTKCLB. 



157 



of intellect to deliberate whether itjis 
noble or not to cominit suicidei the debater 
Ancuimg the question upon no higher grounds 
thuk that we know the worst here^ and do not 
dkoe* — Where ? in the presence of our Maker, 
we ro&h anbidden^ unabsolved* unre- 
in the midst of our sins ; — is not suicide 
madness ? — it must be so.'* 
** Come along, man/* cried Henry, who was 
in a hiVTj for reasons of his own ; " it is not 
eorrect to tadk Sunday on a week day; there 
yon go coughing again, I declare. I have a great 
■Bud to give notice to the magistrates that you 
moditate making away with yourself; now for 
logic : Whoever undermines his health wilfully 
conmita a alow suicide, that's my major, — Mr. 
Hopewell ondennines his health by over study, 
tbat*s my minora — ergo, Mr. Hopewell commits 
a dbw iiiicide« quod erat demonstrandum ; there 
yoQ tee, you are convicted of a parsonicide by a 
lyOogism, or an induction, or whatever they 
«1 h ; come^ or I shall report you to Miss 



you either, she says you prej 
too, — I forgot that, it's capit 
keep a book of her curiositi^ 
come along, it is a sin to lose 
do you suppose I should ever 
my spirits up, now that I h| 
hundred and twenty pounds a*] 
instead of seven or eight hunt 
constantly in the open air ? Thit 
is as good as a glasa of chsmipagn 

" No, I really cannot,'* retun 
well, mournfully; ** I must not 
until I have provided for the dul 
It would have given it 
pleasure if I could have joined } 

« Well, if wilful will to wati 
drench ; I shall be back again in a 



THB I7KCLE. 159 

tk cnuury gown; she has come ont to walk 
with them — ^now, for the confasion of tongues,'' 
and he hurried away. With a sad glance at 
the party on die road, and a light sigh, Mr. 
Hopewell resumed his pen. His was a melan- 
chdy case; his love for Arabella was deep, 
paie, absorbing, and yet utterly hopeless. 
Much as she esteemed and respected him, he 
ooald not conceal from himself, that a two years' 
aoqoaintance had fidled in lighting the slightest 
ipark of loYe in her breast. His mind was 
toned and disordered, too, by the mistaken, 
though not the less strictly conscientious sense 
of religions duty, the fruit of the unfortunate 
inteipretation of a text; and along with the 
tumoil of passion, and the agony of doubt, 
was joined the tension of over-study. He was 
mentally in the condition ascribed corporeally 
to those unhappy beings possessed by demons, 
the ^ttrit within was tearing him to pieces, and 
where was he to look for help ? 

" Could not you persuade Mr. Hopewell to 
come outr asked Arabella, as Henry joined 




his sermon ; and declared il 
question hia coming out until 
" Ah, queDe horreur d'an 
Ir^dng, "to prevent our enjj 
this belle jour ; he has no bi 
sermons when the sun is so 
were poetry indeed, it would 
thing ; the Muses, Mr. de 
worshipped alike in sunshine a 
do not think that Mr. Hopewel 
a poet. I am certain he does no 
dreamy hallucinations that spirit 
terial embodyings of the creati' 
child of song." She paused^ as 
it WBB some time before such a 
expected to take effect. " I can 
being in love, either," said she ; 



THB tmCLE. 



161 



I am sore the little blind god^ the petit 
es dames, has nerer touched his heart ; 
I not nde the pulpit; clerical hearts 
»e lo ky. He will live and die a bachelor, — 
1 regular, oon£rmed, incurable, monomaniac." 

" I almost begin to be a&aid that he will not 
fire loDg,** said Henry ; " there is a peculiar 
Ueacy about his complexion that I do not at 
ill Eke ; and his cough sounds very alarming^ — I 
wiped he is Tery delicate/' 

** I am sure I hope not/* said Arabella ; " if 

aijthiag should happen to him^ it would be a 

■UortuQe to the neighbourhood ;'* (" Confound 

the fcUofr/* thought Henry, who was not alto- 

yaher pleased with the young lady*8 sympathy 

lH& the interesting clergyman ; " the Catholic 

ijHeiii b tbe best; they should not be allowed 

to marry — the girU would take no interest in 

tkem then-") " Everybody says there has not 

Wd such a minister here for years, so pious, so 

MntiTe, and so much liked and respected by 

iDf (" There/' thought Henry, «' that is what 




I wonder could I try it on 
it would not fit.") " I am sui 
what I should do,'* continued 
gone ; Mr. Jones always treaCi 
he laughs at me, and says, ^ 
upon me;' poor people, I see 
my own eyes ; I do not wonder 
anything rather than go into tl 
houses/' 

** Oh, dear me !** said Miss 
shall we cease hearing of tho* 
Hers ? — everybody seems run I 
wretched paupers ; there is a i 
fever in the country ; we hei 
unions for the commissioners ai 
diet tables ; I never can nndei 
are talking about. Now, Mr. c 



TITE tnfCLS. 



163 



«Dd poor-bill, and the Queen of 
MyiBind requires more delicate food, 
with more raMnerie in it — Dleu me 
i, where'd Mr. de Burgh ?" 
HeofJ^e patienoe^ ikerer remarkablei w^ by 
Urn dat emtirely exhausted ; and when a man^s 
pithace goes, his politeness is yerj apt to follow ; 
hm bad be^gun to tLinlc, that ts to say to be quite 
that there was something peculiarly 
in Arabella's eyes, something particu- 
krlj touching in the tone of her voice, — ^some- 
trng in abort} be did not exactly know what, 
b<t be knew that he liked it ; and he had no 
idol of eaciificing himself at the altar where the 
ieateaa of Babel was offering up living 
with such pitiless assiduity. " Self- 
m is the first law in nature," thought 
ll% iloog with the rest of the world ; and his 
rr, where quickness is half the 
had given htm no slight skill in the 
of aociety, either in the house or the 
air; he could choose his position in the 




him the possession of the 
dinner was announced; or 
moment's rank made that i\ 
watch *'with a sedate and 
fair after fair glide away, leai 
the next best thing, solitary- 
ready, when he reached the 
in and win like Coronation. 
Not the less had breakfa 
divers earthly paradises, rich! 
mundane angels, in the neig 
Thames^ sharpened his facultie 
of the shmbbery ; a few wild 
by the road-side had furnisl 
excuse for stopping, and he hi 
the lady of his choice from he 
was enjoying a quiet conveK 
ii 



THB UKCLfi. 165 

''I do not know,'' said she, ^^ if I wis rich, 
ujthiog I shonld be more inclined to ^end 
umey upon, than flowers ; I cannot oonceiTe 
igreater Inxorj than a large oonsemtorj. I was 
f kMmg Both, a deUghtfbl one in the air this 
monui^, a great long range, divided into three 
puts by arches, the centre compartment to be 
fitted op and famished as a drawing-room, and 
the two others fiEed with the moat delidoiis 
flowen, with a little stream nmning down rock- 
work at one end, a aort of nmnatare cascade, 
lad an aviary at the other, quite a littfe para- 
Sk ; — ^was not that a pretty day-dream, Mr. de 
Bwgh? 

''What a pretty day-dreamer,'' thooght 
Beiiry,as he langhingly answered, ^ It is agreat 
^ too pvet^ Hot me ; now, if I had been 
G»de>biulding, it woold hare been a range of 
•taldiiig; car, very probably, I mi^ hare been 
Wrowii^ imder the eanth, in all the sabcer- 
noiean mysteries of cdlars and binns; the moft 
f<"&antic fl^;ht I ooold hare aspired to wookl 



rSS BAmVKBBS; OR, 

hxf^ been to hvre built up one of the castles 
the Bhine or Moselle, — I am not worthy of 
paradiy of flowers." 

^' I have always bad such a cariosity to see 
Bbine." taad Aiabella. " I bave beard so 
ibont its 9osMxrj, and ibe views I have teen 
so TCiy boMtifBL I abonld like to ramble 
ks fineyttds: liord Bynm's description of'il 
■nde Bae quite croes that I could not visit the 

'*Yoo would be disappointedt'' 
Henry. " In the fint place, yon would 
plilgVKd to death by the most uncouth collectu^l 
of our bdoved iieilow-comitrymen that eter 
cvovded the dack of a ateainer — stiaiige, iocom-j 
pitbaisible objects, dial seem to eprii^ up 
Ivctp or Hotterdam, for one neyer aees au] 
like them ai kooae ; and with the moat extraordi' 
nary oanes loo^ — I nev^ can make out whef^ 
they come £raim ; they talk hideous French to^' 
and woxie Gefman, aad are everlastiiigly gqujd?" 
hki^ with the waiters; — secondly, you are taia" 



incom- 
kythiiifl 



THS ITKCI^. 167 

ultsed by being Lurried awa^r the moment you 

ire begwmhig to admire any particular view ; and 

if JOQ dimb the hills, the charm vanishes. The 

is not what it seems from the water, a 

winding its way among crags and rocks ; 

it is a river that has forced itself a channel, 

tfanPQigii a table^land; and accordingly^ when 

frn^ faave reached the top of those romantic-look- 

iag tiQokiv you find yourself on a vast corn>field, 

with a few scattered walnut-trees here and there> 

■ad quantities of thin lanky pigs, regular grey* 

boond swine; and as those rocks are exceed^ 

oigjy Taluable for their south-west aspect, timber, 

wUdi would make them beautifdl, gives place 

lo riiw<yarda» which in the north of Europe are 

wytbiog bat picturesque." 

**Ba;t tbeo tliote grey ruins, the castles of the 

time, ihey must be picturesque, surely ?" 

of the Neckar and Moselle are better 

Ft; tbece is tome tance of their having been in- 

Uited to be found in them. The robber-nests 

«l du Bhine have been almost all destroyed by 



you cannot stand in the knights* 
ladies' bower ; you cannot say her© 
was murdered, there the fugitive com 
selfj at this door the garrison | 
recovered the castle — the wreck is to 
Exceptiug the Pfalz, which is byfi 
curious of all,— and so of course m 
thinks of visiting it — there is scares 
recals the mode of living in the i 
before us, or that contains dungeoi 
can people in fancy with the captivei 
bye, you can get under ground at Rl^ 
there the traces of modern war are toi 
one can be very romantic in the ▼! 
illuBtrioas prisoners have been immui 
broad embrasures there announce i 
that the last occupants of those ^ 
twel?e-poundersj — and there is no I 



TOE L>CLK. 



169 



'^ It letst with a pleasant party^ and see all the 
GHtlamd tlio Talle3r&. Howe¥er« I must Tnacage 
to do wkhoiiit it ; — it is no use wisliing :'* — (** I 
dmtld fike to go with jrou :— what a fool I was 
tt get thfottgh my money!" thought Henry, 
mmt kins that would have heen held yery hete- 
rodox al St. Jameses, forcing themselves into his 
■bd ; " families lire in Germany hy hundreds^ 
h€ four or fire hundred a-year/*)— " After all,'* 
Qnti&oed Arahella, " there is some very pretty 
ttaery in the neighbour hood of Kensworth. — 
Dear mio ! what a way Juliana and Miss Irving 
hivo got on before us ; we must walk faster, if 
JOB plesttc, and overtake them/' 

" That woman," said Henry, **is the most in- 
ambk Malaprop I ever heard in my life ; some 
^ ha ma^aikmm are perfectly killing ; that rafE- 
nm that I heard her sighing for^ when I was 
on liial bank; means a sugar-bakery ; where 
^ott she pick up her French phrases ?" 
" ! do not know that ehe ever did learn 

Preach regularly « and I am sure she never was 

VOL. J I 



inrases. i oeuere sue tq 
novels th&t are written by ladies of h 
I am told that there is always a gri 
Italian and French in them. I sup 
people always talk so> do they not ?'* i 

" Not that I ever heard of," return 
laughing ; ** the great people havi 
English, and can express themseb^ 
own language^ without being redii^ 
necessity of borrowing from foreign 
not believe that there is anything im 
that cannot be said in plain Englishj 
one knows enough of it," ^ 

** Now, Arabella, my love/* intern^ 
Irving, ** I really must interrupt your^ 
causeric with Mr. de Burgh ; he must 
divide himself into three parts, like . 
for Juliana and I will not give up ^ 




THE TJKCXE. 



17t 






I am sore I have no wub to mtmde upon 
Ifr. de Buigh's amusements/' replied tliat 
jooDg ladji tossing her head, and evidently not 
wnA pkssed ; ** he has a right to please him- 
jd£ I hope he likes Kens worth." 
•Oh, by-thc-bye, ^Ir. de Burgh," said Miss 
**I have caught you in fragrante 
UectOt aa the lawyers have it; it is no use 
iarfmg it, I have aeen with my own eyes 
the tpfiltanoes and means to boot I have seen 
the qmrea of ruled paper for you at the station - 
rt : yen are writbg a book — you are an author 
-tEtetitir' 

** I confess the book, but deny the author- 
Alp,*' returned Henry ; " the fact is, I am 
iboDt trapalatiog a work &om the German, 
^vtoch aocotmts for the ruled paper/* 

** Oh, from the German I — so you are equal 
t9 ondertaJdng the sprichworts of the Lingua 
Ttdcca. I did not know you were such a 
^tAn dea langues. I must take care what 
* •y before you — I hope you are an indulgent 

i2 



mised Hopewell that I wo 
couple of hours ;" and he took 
wUhin^ that Miss Amelia 
Juliana Johnson respective!} 
the broad way that leads t 
is paved with good intentioi 
he left them, they commencei 
upon poor Arabella, gamis 
back-handed cuts at Henry, 
other ebullitions of spite, beiuj 
and uninteresting, need nol 1 
which deserve notice on this 
made her think more about hi 
had done before. Juliana c 
sulks for the rest of the da 
returned to her solitary home, 
close round in a singular 1 
j^gd she took great dehgl 



THE X7NCLB. 



173 



win be cold in May. " After all,^ soliloquised 
she, " there is no reason why they should not 
like one another ; she is tout a fait droite to 
secure him £or a husband if she can. I am 
nre, when I was her age, I thought of nothing 
ebe; sacre nom de Dieu/' as she looked at the 
Uack, cheerless, fireless grate, " how careless 
that girl is ! — ^le fbu est sorti !'* 



?TEB X. 

t, my ezcelli 
** said that 
^ upon who 
LTt of his inc 
mber^ whilst 
7 lane that 
are playing i 
re like a mot! 
11 bum youn 




THE XmCLE, 



175 



kuoir whether I should if I could ; yet if I stay, 
mnething particalar is likely to happen — that 
pd win pky the devil with me. I never in 
mf life £uicied anybody so much, Yet with 
mA 1 mother and such a eifiter, it is quite 
one of the question — positively, it would be an 
act of fioicide— only lancy my uncle's face, 
vken be heard of it. I should not have a 
dimee with him after that — What a kind, good, 
oprewoa of countenance she has^ though— 
magnificent figure, too — ^but then such a floorer 
m it would be — only think. On the 21st, inst 
at Kensworth Church, Henry de Burgh Esq., 
lite Captain 20th Hussars, only son of the 
lite Lieutenant-general the Hon. Sir Ulick de 
Bragh, K.C.B. and G.C.H., to Arabella, 
woond daughter of James Johnson, E<^q., 
rf Dafibdil Lodge, Kensworth/ Johnson — 
^liit a name ! I suppose it must be spelt right 
io the register, but I'll be hanged if I would 
wt have it spelt with a « in the newspapers, 
Jobntt^ ; I'd clap on an e, for the honour of 



femal Daffodil ; that wod 
at Crockey^s, and by the h 
no man is bound to criminate 
a pretty name enough, too. 
two or three Lady Arabella 
I do not know of one ; it 
name a sort of second-ban 
eyes — youngest daughter w 
yes — Arabella, younger, t 
still ,^ — show that there we 
pass for a coheiress. Arab 
ter of James Johnstone, '. 
Kensworth — ^it would oi 
artifice after all. Well^ 
make of ourselves ! — I mi 
sort of things. Upon my 



THE rKCLE* 



177 



wabommablj dark — I cannot see an inch before 
ae— I shall break my head or my ehins, or 
mneddiig or other. Here^B the door, if one 
oomld only find the handle — so — Good God f 
fkt is the matter r 

A fearful spectacle presented itself, as Henry 
atered the room ; the curate was lying upon 
^ floor, writhing as if in pain, and bleeding 
from three or four places in the head and face, 
fcr he seemed to have cut himself against the 
ooKiter of the table^ in falling ; his limbs moved 
Immkmly about, his eyes were wide open, 
bed and staring, his countenance flushed, 
ttd the muBcles of the lower part of his face 
rapidly and spasmodically, whilst a 
ity of froth issued from his mouth, bloody 
the wounds his teeth had inflicted upon 
lOBgoe. When he saw Henry, he got up 
the floor with a wild, fearful cry, of an 
dbly melancholy tone, and then mutter- 
to himself in a slow monotonous gibbering 
Ti as if he were unconscious of what he 

i5 



OTTOCKca, neiiry nmnp lo nun, cai^ 
Ids arms, and laid liim upon the so$ 
lay quiet, as if in a sort of stupor. 

Hastily leaving the room, the hort 
despatched one of the farmer's dau| 
surgeon ; but the girl was so fnghtei 
was some little time before Henry * 
her understand what she was (o do t 
fairly started ; and by the time he ra 
curate had pulled a coat on oyer t) 
gown he had been writing in, had 
hat, and was sallying forth with a 1 
hand; alleging that the dogs were ba^ 
Johnson's, and he must drive them a 

Henry with difficulty restrained hi 
arrival of the medical man, who u 
took blood from the temporal artcij 
good efiecty for xecoUccliou and 




THS ITNCLE* 



179 



I 



that ke had fallen out of bed ; but that at once 
wu dispelled by bis obeerTing that he was 
driaaed» and reeollecting that he had break- 
islad. The surgeon ordered him to be put to 
W directlyt observing that although no further 
JMi^mri* danger was to be apprehended, yet it 
voold be necessary that he shoidd undergo a 
of bleeding and blistering, and above all 
that he should be kept perfectly quiet, 
ud BotliiDg suffered to disturb his mind. 

Ai he and De Burgh, having seen the patient 
fmperly disposed of, walked away together^ 
ihd doctor turned with an anxious air to Henry. 
*' Mr. de Burgh,*' said he, solemnly, ** if you 
kaiTO «oy inflaence over Mr. Hopewell, for 
bcaren's soke exert it to induce him to remit his 
Hodifit, — they will positively cost him his life. I 
«; It aa a medical man ; I know that his health 
m undermined by severe study before he came 
Ikci; 1 cannot help suspecting that there is 
■I'BMKhiiig besides gnawing at Ids heart, some 
orrow or anxiety that we know not of. 



^nO 



HARDNESS ; OR9 




but that will tear him to pieces. He mmt 
solutelj, when the first severity of this attack 
over, have pleasure, relaxatiQD, whatever migl 
divert his thoughts ; if he could be induced 
read some %ht books^ or if he was food 
musici and any one would play to him — anythic^^^ 
that will keep him from thinldiig ; in short, I^k— i^ 
mind is OYerstrained, it must be eased 0% if oi-_^e 
may use such an expression. As for that h<i -^:r* 
rible sight we hare just seen, it positively mak - « 
me tremble. I sea every reason to fear that A^^Hr. 
Hopewell is a victim to the most appalling yi^^- 
tation that can afflict the human frame^ fo r "l^^ I 
cannot eonceal from my self that the character -zm d 
that fit was decidedly epileptic.** 



U 




THJS UHCLB. 



181 



CHAPTER XI, 



not like that Mr. Waverton, Mary," 

■Md Lord Lmismore to his niece at breakfast, 

the Aoriiing after he had so gratuitously devoted 

poor Henry to the profession of a highwayman 

iBd its ultimate elevation ; ** he seems to me to 

liatc the prevailing fault of the young men of 

^ present day in an unusual degree — this 

Wtter is not near as good as we have at Ganton. 

iwish you would write to Higgins to have a 

'Cgokr supply sent up here — they all think they 

^i«>w a great deal better than their fathers. I 

**Bwt bear that trash about enlightened youth ; 



182 



hardness; or, 



the line of conduct that he advised Henry ^^ 
pursue was absolutely dishonest." 

"Have you seen Mr, Prober yet, sir?" 
Lord Dunlara^ who knew something aboat 
matter; **I suppose he had an interview wii 
lUr. Gripe yesterday.'* 

" I suppose he had," said the Earl, ** hut- 
have not heard from him yet; not that I ^ m ^e c 
what diflference that is to make ; he is not like r^^T 
to know more about it than I do, who saw MT^CJ-t- 
Gripe for half an hour yesterday, and heard s^^ ^ 
that was to be said on the subject. I do w iaJ P -^ ^ 
these Times people would not publish this enoi:*^^^ -°^ 
mous double sheet; it makes it positively 
labour to read it ; full of those everlasting rai.' 
ways, too — ^bubble companies^ — asphalte — cem^ 
tery — joint-stock companies — ^gas — bridges, the^»- 
will be the ruin of the kingdom ; as to the rai 
ways, they will make England unend arable -M^ We; 
they will destroy the breed of horses, they ^ 'tf 

ruin all the hotels, they 'U knock up aU i^^^:^m[he 
posting, they '11 cut up the country, they *U 







THB VNCrB. 



183 



^r ipoi] the bonUDg^ they '11 not leave a gentle- 
I Din't ptrk uatotiched all over England, they *11 
make coals so dear that the poor will not be able 
to buy them, — thank God they will ruin every 
nm that has any thing to say to them, except 
the attomies and engineers. I shall oppose every 
one of them ;^' and with this patriotic and patri- 
dm resolndon, the Earl of Innismore retired to 
his study to flatter himself that he was employing 
hiiBaelf. 

*• I am afraid London does not suit my ancle,'* 
fkmsTfed Mary, as he withdrew; ^'he seems 

Iilwsys so fidgetty and irritable*" 
" He does not flouriah in London, certainly," 
fepHed the young lord, with a fearful yawn; 
f*I villi to beaTen they would lead the bell- 
ropes to the breakfast table, it is such a bore 
getting up to ring the bell ; — he has so long 
hecft accustomed to be the great roan that every- 
hody worshipped, that he does not like the com- 
puitive insignificance in which he finds himself 
^t. I saw him look as black as thunder last 



get some more cream — ^as much as to 
yoang cub to go out before me ?'— 
not even like the House of Peers t 
expected he would ; he is a mere c} 
them, nobody troubles their heads 
peer that never speaks, and has no 
terest ; and by-the-bye, that keeps m 
that pompous old fool Ratborough h 
suading him that he ought to have 
the lower house^ and I am in hoi 
his insisting upon my going into poi 
is very unfortunate too, for as long ai 
lastSj we shall be able to do nothii^ 
By- the -bye, I have just received t 
him, full of good resolutions, and so ; 
they had come a little sooner. He 
seems to have found something t( 
in a clergyman or Rttorpev's daughl 




THE UNCLE. 



I8i> 



look oftT the letter and see what it is about ; 
kndwiitmg alwmp tires my eyes ; he talks of 
ha bebg sensible and ladylike^ and amiable^ 
vtikh teems to be saying a good deal for that 
0rt of penoo ; and I presume she is pretty be- 
4im, or I apprehend my fi-iend Harry would 
B0i have tnTestigated her other good qualities 
16 MiTowly," 

* Wcfl»** said Mary, " I am very glad to hear 
dnt he has found somebody to speak t0i at all 
cvciUs; there is no danger of his falling in love 
with her, I hope/' 

^'iiiDigme not," replied Dunlara; ''nothing 
loiiQQt: — he used always to have a sort of demi- 
ttiBi*flIiUt)o& on hand that kept him out of 
WmV way ; it is a case of lightly come, lightly 
^ tith him, though I think he was inclined to 
Ske tbsc Miss Newton if she would have let 

"Who is Miss Newton? I never heard of her 
Wb«,'' asked Mary. 
" She is a Somersetshire or a Gloucestershire 




m* 



XrTT, ir X 



Ucefm 

s£ X j^kiMiij or 



THE TTNCLK. 



187 



troahlt of aDswering her, she added, ' I do so 
deljgiit in mortifyiDg your vanity, IVlr. de 
Rorghf' and that settled that questioD. Harry, 
vfao coaadered hia vanity as much entitled to 
pnlediaB as hk watch, or his coat, or anything 
die that was his, as it ought to he, took the 
BQit efiectnal steps to secure it from any further 
loitifioBtioD from that quarter, — he dropped her 
It moCt Aevec spoke to her again. Several 
»ea hare nibbled since, but they all shy when 
4ey find that they are to be whistled on and off 
Kb pet lip*dog8 j they won't stand that sort of 
(^ at all^ men that are worth having, at least, 
vko are well placed in the world, and know 
ibt the>' are sure of being well received 
tlieirherc/' 

**I am quite sure Harry is the last person 
^ would bear being treated in that way. I 
ttik he served her quite right ; I delight in 
'^Bbg tbcfG sort of people caught in their own 
^. Do you know his friend, Mr. Waverton, 
^ we met at dinner yesterday, well ?*' 



188 



HARDNESS J OR, 



" I do ; and a most excellent fellow he i»— i 
&ct, a very superior sort of a person ; it wai A 
that really saved Harry from being entirdl 
ruined ; he was the only man he would listen ta| 
and very prettily he carried him through, UWi 
Waverton is a very rising man ; he is rapidl; 
acquiring a character as a promising polidciani 
for though he does not speak in the Houses 1 
is well known that many of the best politid 
articles in the magazines are written by kiiB| 
and he has predicted two or three things ▼!» 
remarkable sagacity ; he b a first-rate scholKJl 
too, very well spoken of everywhere, and tnu" 
versally popular. I am sorry to see that oj 
&ther has taken such a dislike to him, h^ ^ 
rarely gets over one ; and Waverton knows m 
about Harry so well that he could set the g^ 
vemor right about many points tliat he bi 
taken a wrong view of." ' 

*' I like that Mr. Wavertou/' said Mary, <* 
seems to take such an interest about Hart; 
I wonder will he be at I^ady Waterton's I 
night," - 





THE FNCLE. 



189 



His lordship wishes to speak to you in the 
lihwnr, my lord,** said a servant, opening the 
6om, tnd Lord Dunlara obeyed the sum- 



) 



The commanicatioD that the Earl had to 

mke to hiB fir^t-born, was one that Earls and 

cUmner* sweeps make with equal reluctance, 

being an admission that he had been in the 

wrong; a letter that he had just received from 

Mr. Ynher having left no possible doubt about 

tile fiwrt, that there was not the slightest foun- 

teknij either in law, equity, honour, morality, 

«r injthing else, for the claims set up against 

Harry by the Messrs* Gripe and their confe- 

di«TateS| claims which the learned solicitor 

dnzietmsed as grossly fraudulent. Of course 

tbc Earl was exceedingly angry with Harry for 

Aii| and sent for his son, with a view of dis- 

Wrdemng his mind upon the subject, making 

■Bi his confidant in the absence of the faithful 

ifigginiiy the accustomed recipient of his secret 

wroghts, whom he began now to miss fearfully. 



principle of the ycmng iii« 
century in general, and of 
esq., formerly a captain in t 
mcnt of Light Dragoons, 
wound up by desiring Lord 
ascertain by what process, 
transportation, the afore- m 
might be removed to that 
nearest the Antipodes that 
Borneo, New Zealand, Sun 
traiia. Swan River, Falkland 
wonld be better still, some ] 
ever heard of before, and thai 
the maps. Previous, hower 
nobleman starting to execi 
puzzling commission, he wiis 
to observe that ho felt the wi 



THB VKCLB. 



191 



F, lo commence an active search after rnidu- 
oooxitnes, a duty that would have been 
\j more effectiTely discharged by the 
lodiky doctor* who possessed a fund of patience 
od persereruice, and an incapacity of being 
bar«d, that eminently fitted him for ferretting 
m udannadan of the eort. His lordship 
kiisg thoa disclosed his wants, proceeded to 
ofnm his auditor* that it was his intention to 
nSmt them forthwith* by writing to his fac- 
Mn to oome up to town — an announcement 
(kit took a huge load off Dunlara's mind* for he 
U itready experienced a dismal foreboding, 
^Uth that morning's mission had well nigh 
oiiferted into a certainty* that many of the 
Gtde odd jobs hitherto performed with an intni* 
*»« lagadty by the obsequious and ever-ready 
^Gggins* were for the future intended to form 
put of his daily occupation* and the Viscount 
^^nnlin waa one of those personages who 
*oqU consider it an act of suicide to volunteer 
VAfataking any trouble that was not absolutely 



himself that he could by any i 
any body else to do for him. 
Concurring as he did ful 
views, he nevertheless succec 
convention, in virtue of whi 
was to be placed in lodgings 
hood; for the EarFs first pi 
in the house would have be 
nuisance. Having disposed < 
set forth on his search; aiM 
slightest idea how to go abod 
sensible thing he could thinli 
cumstances — went and asked C 
who of course gave him the b 
had between Knightsbridge «( 
told him exactly what to do ;; 
previoua knowledge of Mr, ] 



THE UNCLE. 



193 



tbe Tbames, commanding an agree- 
aUe Tiew of WesOninster and Waterloo bridges, 
t firiety of barges* divers waspish little river 
tNBttBy a good deal of mud, some emoke, and 
fc borough of Soothwark, was Lord Danlara 
wkend in a few minutes after his interview 
tbe Napoleon of calculation. This was 
pTDfTisional office of the Borneo and Su- 
Seif-aupporting Colonization Society, — a 
hony of •etdementa primed, loaded, and in 
UI cock, re^dy to go off at a touch ; the great 
of the globe, where everything that the 
fitttidioos taste in colonization could ro 
wai kept ready ticketted, and supplied as 
as isked for, — a town or a forest, a river or 
i^QiUmioa, a harbour or a meadow, a barbarous 
or a civilised (but youngish) people ; 
they were, all reposing in semivivacityt 
tn Egyptian egg*oven, waiting but the 
ty temperature which, as in fevers in 
biottn frame, was produced by an unhealthy 
of the circulation, to be hatched at 
*«- I. K 



:ovc'red with \ 
larbours, map 
ve chiefs, viev 
inces from the 
ipply of runiy 
, scrip receipt 

for loans, co 
' letters, and < 
t Mr. Thomas 

attentively pei 
amphlet which 
ize of ten guini 
der the style an 



THE UNCLE. 



195 



METAPHYSICAL ESSAY 

vTov nrs 

IMITATIVE HABITS AND DISPOSITIONS 

or THB 

SnOA SATYKUS, OR OURANG-OUTANG ; 

▼ci«Aax,r CAU.SD 

THE WILD-MAN OF THE WOODS, 

AVS TXB 

READIESrr METHOD 

or 

DOMESTICATING THE RACE, 

VITB A TXBV or rLTIVATSLr 

RAISING THE CHARACTER OF THE ANIMAL 

SUCH A POIKT OF INTELLIGENCE 

AS TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE 



PURPOSES OF CIVILIZATION. 

k2 



London, he rarely passed < 
voyages, and never Margate 
surprising luxuriance of vegc 
intellect springs up in the me 
^i-ithstanding he never had se 
life, and his acquaintance with 
was confined to a Sunday p 
panzee in the Zoological, yet 
learnedly into the hahits^ orga 
and probable capabilities of thj 
as he with a touching hund 
Jacko, enlarging upon his si 
points — such as his having $ 
of two^ and would have go^ 
difisection of their ideas, but * 
of interchanging ideas with d 
the as yet incomplete deve| 
organs of speech* He had tri 



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m 



nudei WIS instantly and faithfully copied and 
apested by the acute chim, no original informa- 
tiofi WIS to be obtained &om that source^ and he 
«» oU]g«d for the present, relinquishing, with 
ipUo-tFOglodite sigh, his researches Into their 
iitlleUs, to content himself, by the assistance 
^ Dfoti^ ginger 'bread, and close observation, 
inh inTettigating their passions and appetites, 
iIbgIi l^lDg more on the surface, furnished a 
tM interesting chapter in his book. 

Thi§ ^(r. Thomas Landshark, as the reader 
■ pobftbly aware, was the gentleman who, with 
lie imtinct of a jackal, had already addressed 
Bmy upon the subject of assuming the corn- 
Mad of the company's land forces in the island 
^ Ifw^ with other contingent advantages ; 
ht nm al DuidaraV entrance with the utmost 
Mrafie, and not without a glimmering of 
^ that he might, by dint of good manage- 
■nk, succeed in obtaining permission to use his 
i oiBie aa a vice-patron and honorary 
Tbej had one peer already, but a 
would be a grand pomt; they might 



ment — of the Bntish nobilit 
themselves in the success of t 

After a bow or two interc 
sat down» and looked at one i 
lara did not know how to open 
the worthy Landshark was too 
advantage of getting a peep at 
to begin. At length the pause 
and he found he must speak. 

'* I presume, 
of your lordship 
tike in the great national 
we are, as I may say, the 
can he want T' thought he ; 
have any old enough himself; 
to gel rid of mother and d 
lordship wish for accommodl 
Ltion shipt for &nj partjj 



r/' said he, "iJ 
hip's visit to f 




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"No," replied the viscount; **I am sure I 
hiTc DO wi«h to ioHict such a voyage upon any 
ODe : I called here about a ^iend in whom my 
itfcer is intererted/' {" Oh, ho 1 it's the go- 
Tonor, is it r' thought the secretary;) ** he wishes 
to sc^uire some insight into the plans and pro- 
ipeeta of the society.*' 

"Oar plans, my lord," returned the secretary, 

wito had that morning received and got by heart 

t new address to be spoken to all enquirers, the 

did ODO being eonsidered a little stale, — "our 

fim, my lord, are of the most original and 

live character; and their success is 

by the soundness of the great prin- 

I, now for the first time about to be devc- 

bpedy npon which they are based. Our gifted 

kadoB, my lord, have discovered the true 

■yitaii by which a colony at the antipodes may 

^ ibiraded and perx>etuated with the same ease 

^i i family removes from Liverpool to Man- 

t^er by the railway^ the complete structure 

<rf «ocictyt and self-governing principle. We 

•JttH oiry ont, my lord — we shall carry out, 




roce,j— complete Btructui 

governing principle. W 
caught the cue now,) — ** 
its paits* Several of the d 
are on the point of emh 
a high-minded and enterp 
enlightened and virtuous 
population, a country popu 
— for the freedom of the j 
breathe, if we have it no|| 
bank, for specie may post 
in the infant colony, and 
terprise of the new state 
by metallic fetters ; munici 
by occupying every man i 
neighbours, are the only p 
thropy ; homo sum, my Ic 

TTip nlimrnn na^^^^fc^&a 



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sheep can be combined with study, — an armed 

poUce to yindicate the dignity of the law, and 

to give moral force if requisite to our media- 

tioos among the never-ending quarrels between 

die natiye tribes ;" (By Jove, I forgot he was a 

lord — I must come it strong upon the bishops) ; 

^ and I place it last, in order that it may be the 

more &mly impressed upon your lordship's 

»und, that the provisional committee, deeply 

sensible of the unspeakable advantages that must 

result from the presence and superintendence 

of so reverend and influential a person in an 

U&fimt and struggling colony," — ('^Infant and 

^teiggling colony," thought Dunlara, '* I thought 

^t was to be full-grown from the start!") — have 

determined, as soon as circumstances admit of 

*^ach an arrangement, upon procuring the 

^Spointment of a bishop ;" and he looked 

l&aid into the young man's face, as much as to 

«w«y,— •* There, what do you say to that ? — that'll 

^»teh you, I guess, my boy." 

" A bishop of the Church of England V* asked 

K 5 



rhicli had rather staggered 5 
orthodoxy of the provisional c^ 
were so violently enamoured of ej 
" Oh I certainly, a prelate of i 
England/' returned the secretary, 
is the cathedral, a beautiflil elei 
man-Gothic/' added he» pointin 
upon which a handsome sea-| 
coming metropolis of the colony^. 
dow before/' and upon which i 
with a cross in the centre^ deaigu 
the church ; ** there h the gao 
piazza is the town-hall — that is (at 
institute. This piece of grou 
into the heart of the city, is resej 
way-terminus ; there stands the^ 
•* But," interrupted Dunlara, * 
upon pai>er; tbe cowi baa to 



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tohtkdhrthe next two years, — where is the 
9fiud t9 come from that is to erect this city ?*' 

•* Thatf my lord," returned Mr. Landshark, 
ffligtrificeiitty* " is a mere matter of detail. All 
In ciQ beil be arranged on the spot by the 
fKflt who are immediately concerned. All 
llil we h^ve to deal with here ia the great 
pdncipb whereby the colony is to support itseli ; 
Ckit hat to be developed here under a board of 
muiMoiierSf who will be probably selected 
fiwr the list of the provisional committee ; per- 
^« 1 might be permitted to enroll your lord- 
ly e name Bmong the members of the associa- 
Iliw, in which case — '* 
I ** Ob oo« thank you»" replied the yoimg lord ; 
r t reaUy know nothing about it ; I never meddle 
b 4me Biattcf*. Besides which, the meetings 
«» alwaya so eaxly in the day, that I never 
<30ildrtiendthem.'' 

** Two o'dock, my lord," interrupted the se- 
Oetary. 

' Yei, two o*clock, that would never suit me ; 



" All, my lord," answered 
if there is any point requiri 
shall be happy if I can be of 
your lordship does not wiah t 
share in the enterprise^ tender 
not less than five hundred pou 
ten per cent, per annum, pa] 
will be received by the directo 
ten till four." , 

*' I thank you,'* said the V| 

*' it is some time since I hav^ 

as money to invest ;** and toot 

honorary secxetary of the Bol 

Colonization Society, with 4 

schemes, without by any meaty 

that he had found a happy J 

cousin Henry wbm to pass thi 
1 I li 



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CHAPTER XII. 



*'Tin* will do, I suppose,'* thought Lord 
*^Bnkra, as he jumped into his cab. *' There is 
lity for my taking the trouble of read- 
pwwpectus, — it will keep the governor 
until the Doctor comes, I wish to 
^^Otfen be was here already ; there is no danger 
^ hk §hipping off Harry there, however, for no- 
^Mif woald induce him to go. Lucky it is that 
ll« has a Utile money left to carry on with for the 
pveient ; I'll juat go and try if Waverton is at 
ho«e, ice what he thinks of it. Hi 1 you in- 
fcnil old fool I*' and he pulled up sharp, avoid- 



I; 



If 



time of the day, without lo( 
ri£»ht hand or the left. T 
ever, was not doomed th 
as a '^ reckless scion of tl 



-,jt " pampered lordling that ti 

{ j ' people," or whatever else th< 

quence of his indignant op] 
would have christened him. 
time was not come yet ; she ^ 
gentleman, whose appearanc< 
rioteer a coroner's inquest an 
at once^ for it was Walter Wa 

'' What are you doing with 
are you going ? I was just go 
you." 

'< I am going home," said 
glad I met you, for I want to s 



THS TFHiCfLS. 



207 



old bruu? ? Upon my soul, I believe there is 
•oowlhtiig peculiar in the character of old women, 
dial woald almost lead one to 8uppose that when 
tbey ore past child-bearing, a politico- 
dispensation of Proridence deprives 
^ of the iQfttinct of self-preservation.*' 

^B^ I think it is just probable/' returned Wa- 
^Bprtoot koglting* *' Certain it is, that let any 
man go to the most crowded thoroughfare in 
the falleil part of the towni at the busiest time 
w£ the day, where he will see omnibuses weigh- 
ii^ loes thut ectMiMyi be pulled up, racing alonir 
tntk a friglitfal recklessness of human life, — 
hMk«cftbs of every conceivable colour and form 
naming away as if they were mad, ponderous 
drvyt rolUng heavily over the clanging pavement, 
— pampered and almost unmanageable horses 
the multiform carriageB of the upper 
and mischievous boys ratUinj^ 
•*« the iloiUM in butchers' and costermongers' 
'■'•r**howMncn, whose sharp eyes and ready 
^L wo ut ever taxed to the utmost to look out 



ioc 



r own safety fr*^'' 
Dkodcm at aJl 

that tbB brain f< 
mhifyng that dazxks %P 
itflMxir like the t&st 
be mi — and into the 
dai^^t he will s>e€, ^ 
kast an old 
f^pmstlf mioo] 
oftfly, vrnlk^ lookBf «U the time at her feet 
if she was crossing a brook a] 
That ie HiOC himiaa 
let mmf onft vader ipe-and-fpitj consult xhi 
own Jbdnun, and theT will 3ee how repi 
Co diOA ia beii^ run o^er bj a bi]% and 
into the tif?arcst a|)othecarT's by a poUeetnan.^ 

" I opine," quoth Lord Donlara, " that that 
p>enchant for being run over is a very beautifnl 






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209 



** * Edtftt tfttts uUine bibisti, 
TiQfpui abiiv tibi eft* 



Foaiibly the ' potam largius aequo ' may have 

MBCtlikig to say to it ; but I am nevertheless of 

iipiaiofi, tliat it is a practical adimssion that they 

m ' Qied up,* as brother Jonathan would say, 

Huy are everlastingly setting themselves on 

§mt (DO ; if there is an orange peel upon the 

ii§wiji tbej are sure to tread upon it ; they 

ife dead hands at measled pork or fly-blown 

httf ; gluttons at Morrison*s pills ; in short, they 

mtm to think that it is hopeless attempting to 

iM» Sc, Peter without a certificate from the 

eoimty coroner that they had not been a burden 

to ibe earth longer than they could help." 

•■ Id ^ct," said Waverton, •' your view is, 
fhM it b a sort of western Suttecism ; and the le* 
gjahlore tbould^ in that case^ enact that it should 
be Icgid ibr coroner's juries to return verdicts of 
'iaieide' which should be held tantamount to one 
of Jmtifiable homicide, or accidental death ; and 




I om. 



1 




jmt. as we 



H hjiT^ 



^m «ost of tbe (st^ M 
go to Uie nip{!on ^ 




I 



of «deodnid«l«a* 

ell discofitllill 
in the mean 

ftDer for wriiiji^, and 
1 hsie got Mm m stan. There is a 
VQck iktf tber wast translated quickly, 
and \m osglil Id be aUe to do it well. I sent 
it dnva ts bim the o«lia day ti> see what he f 
thiw^giif of k ; amd now I hare been to the pub 
lisbeti to Me what they will give him/' 

** He w a cood Getman^ certainly," said l>iiii 
lanu 

He knows English well," reioiiied W»- 



i 




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^*© Terr gkd indeed to do it for ten pounds ; but 
^i* being the nephew of an Earl made it quite 
^ ^ ^ other matter ; the connexion was the great 
^■^fclDg, that was what they wanted, bo he gave 
^*fcg fifty At once. I must write to him about it 
^^>^tiight, and if he will really undertake it, and 
■^•-■Hy do justice to it, it will be good practice 
^ar him, and a beginning at all events.*' 

** \Miy, I have been busy about him this 
QMmiitig, too. What do you think ! My father 
kfti got a plan into his head for shipping him off 
U» Atiitralia.*' 

** Lord Innismore may save himself all trouble 
•I die subject ; Henry has not the slightest am- 
"ttion of being the King of the Cannibal Islands ; 
^H not go upon any terms." 

" Xo» I know that as well as you do ; but, ne- 
^Vlkelees» his lordship's commands must be 
^hcfed ; so I have just had an interview with 
^ lecretary* and am bringing him home the 
pnipectos of the Borneo and Sumatra Self- 
•Ppfltting Colonization Society/* 



212 



HAUmiBS ; OE, 



** Tes, I know that fellow Landshark 
beoi at him abeadj^ offering him some sort 
HfTiitinil emploTment, bat it would not do ; 
they wanled him to take sword and spear j 
go OQl lo conquer Spain^ but that did not snul^ 
lua «!ither. Howerer, I am glad to hear 
Lofd Innisniore is moUifnng towards him.*^ 
** Indeed, I am afraid there is no such luck," 
'* mj fiidter is angrier with him 
he found out that he was wrong 
debts he was so hot about at Lord 
linnmlj*% jeatoday eTening ; for he got a letter 
fhx VBocanig from his lawyer, saying, that in 
mlily, there was not one single ^uthing dne» 
and thai old Gripe and Co. had been trring to 
cwiadle kim ; now he is fully resolred to gethiii^ 
QQl of the eomitry^ in whaterer manner it may 
he done. There are your lodgings, are they 
notf** — and the two entered Waverton*8 abode. 
A aoMn, hut well-«ftored book-case, a few 
upon the wall, m pile of pale-blue 
of gigtndc dinensiona and fearful 



J 



THE UKCLE. 



213 



peodcraity of contents^ a small table apart, with 
«oie T^iy sospiciouB- looking ruled foolscap 
piper upon tt, and portraits of Wilberforce and 
Sir Walter Scott, were all that distinguished 
Warertoo*6 residence from the others that occu- 
pied that celibate district that is bounded on tbe 
aorth by Piocadilly* on the east by Regent Street, 
mt die aoiitli by Pall Mall, and on the west by 
&. luMMO? Street, that hospital for incurables, 
vlio can love nothing better than themselves, or 
bftlf io wcll« for that matter. A few cards and 
BQtea lay upon the table, '*Lady Burnley at 
horae," read Warerton ; " that will never do ; 
Ae lives somewhere near Faddlngton/* 

** U b a tremendous way," said Dunlara ; ^' we 
are going there all the same ; my father wants 
lo abew Mary as much as possible of the gay 

•' Oh ! yon are, are you ? — well — once one 

IS in the carriage, five minutes more or less 

malcM very little difference. — What may this 
precknti epistle be ?" — 



7:- zjk-z z.-: ::l-:-r engagement, willyfli 
? :if T.riiF^rz ;: t^uj company at dixuier 
LLj - ix:, i: lilf-pif* seren, rery pre- 

"' Yours sincerelT, 
-Eliza Pelican." 




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215 




dtrccdj^ and thereby exposed themselves to the 
opooter coqutry * Arc you ?' wbich might have 
becQ bcoQveniciit theo, but I suppose they will 
Ml nbd it to-dftj/' 

•* Kcv" obscrred Donlara, " not if their game 
ii Made; — how uncommoDly hard those people 
do work for their pleasure.** 

Tc0i and the best of it is, that it is old 
UiiMdf that keeps them everlastingly 
all mauDer of absurdidt'S. I like 
Urs. Pelkao rery much; and the girls are as 
fsialy tnipretendiiig, lady-like girls, as any in 
p«rticuiarly the third ; but the old 
has never recovered being asked to 
fai with the king at Naples, in bis regular turn, 
liMllecc ; the Marechal or ChambellaD, or who- 
ti«r h was received him» addressed him as 
Gndleikza, and the honour completely turned 
^ head. He was reasonable enough, — much 
fte Us netghboursy — before that unfortunate 
*«Wion of royalty, four or five years ago, 
^^CQOcd; but he has gone quite court-mad 




usual price for one of tho! 
eaters, that they inflict knig 
Barnaby Pelican,' — it would 
find an invitation for you whi 

*' Noi they don't know tL 
palace." 

**0hye8they do! they'll! 
of your cousin. By-the-byi 
Harry about this translation j 
a beginning ; and if be do^ 
prodigy of an author^ still i 
doing nothing; it will keep h 
I suppose he will accept the 4 

"To be sure he will: I dlj 
writing like a steam-engine, t| 
Harry does everything by fiti 
ever marries, it will be by ^ 



^i»aLJ. 



THE TJXCLE, 



217 



about it to my father, however ; there is 
•aying what view he might take of it; he 
Bil^bidtiiik proper to say it was infra dig. ; vote 
kin ft bookseller's hack, or a penny-a-liner, or a 
pn&tir's devil — ^hireling scribe would be about 
die mildect — ^it would probably put him out, now 
iktt be has got that antipodes scheme in his head. 
Wdl, I moat be o£P. I suppose we meet at 
LM^Wateiton's?" 

"Ycs» By-the-bye, are you going to Mrs. 
?u Ambiugh'a, next Tuesday V* 

** No, I really cannot be bored ; one meets a 
giMi somber of celebrities, certainly^ all the lions 
■ lovn; and I believe it is a slow thing, not 
; bat the fact is, that she hangs her pic- 
to low upon the walls that there is no place 
)Id Waa against ;-^90 between that, and being 
o^Mted every now- and -then to say a smart 
tkmg, the labour b intolerable. Good morning.'* 



^OL t 



PTBB xin 

regular thin 
at thif presi 
At it ia out I 
) wonei out o 
ed monthf li 
tnothoneatl} 
m anatocsracy 
thepbgae^tt 
age, and 
her nuisancef 




THB tmCLE. 



219 



^LL'osopherB, in whose discrimmating eyes a 

^ ^k is ftomething because it is timber, 

^, _ „u^ed oak is nothing, because it is 

; June they affirm is the reformed May, 

mi appeal ia proof of their allegation to the 

k|grMQ)eter» barometer, and thermometer, to 

laife and meaaure the month, aa an excise 

would ; they would bring it to trial before 

Mnt mctereologioal for insufficient tempe- 

lore, oonvict it of cold evenings, and reduce 

t to the ranks for frosty nights. Alas ! for 

pmecoted May, — who shall defend her, who 

lyi repel her assailants ? — they are heavily 

ts the armour of dulness, their beads are 

lead, and their hearts are of stone, impe- 

invulnerable, what man may drive 

tbm away ? Hark 1 ia that a voice raised in 

Wiitf of poor May ? — listen, the burds are singing 

>*ttlly and cheerfully in the hedgerows ; hark, 

b (he Socks and the herds ; the mother and her 

^M i« calling upon one another : — lo, a gentle 

^Mia w]iiQ)eia among the branches, a rustling 

l2 




of creatian is very low and 
sweet May has yet one fiij 
true, unchanged, and unci 
friend is katuiie. 

Let the wise men of 
marvellous fine words out 
apply mathematics to the 
to the spirit, and metereol 
them cast up the results, ai| 
upon the figures. May is thi 
yet, not because the mean t« 
not because the mean dew I 
because the mean quantity c 
the almanac^ but because 



** All creatures now are 






THl mtCLB. 



221 



hope and promiBe^ and regardless of almanacs ; 
Ittt growliii^ winter is rolled away, and the 
gW ipring acattera its own gladness around, 
hMlitifiilljy without stint, or rule, or measure, 
«•» the teeming earth. That beautiful prin- 
ce which the sages of yore^ who sought for 
the being thai ruled the umrerse without the 
palling aid of revelation, elevated into a 
itfimty — the principle of reproduction — arises 
fam its chilly slumber of the winter^ shakes off 
JtB icy fetters, and resumes its mighty work 
«£ gladdening the earth ; the human mind 
adkaowledges the joyous impulse, — trees^ plants, 
ioveif, animals^ everything that lives and 
growi, acquire a springing elasticityt that turns 
the country into a very paradise ; and no 
coootry in Ewope, more than sylvan, rustic, 
wooded England) with its network of rural 
ham and green hedges, in consequence of 
which* ererybody that can afford it goes up to 
London at the begiimiug of the month* 

Mr# Henry de Burgh, being a ruined man 



pleasaiitly,-^how. we shall i 
away; June came aa it do^ 
year, and the old people J 
custom complained bitterly 
were not in, for in their 
when George the Third waa 
had a dish of them on I 
fourth of the month. Thi 
must have turned radical wii 
rather with the court, for thi 
now ceased to attend upon th( 
but the suns of June are I 
better than ripening straw 
weather for making love, and 
the thirty fastest days of co 

** Those then sigh that never ughi 
And those that a] wuva «'<rK.>,i »«» 




TRB UKGLB. 



2!^ 



adyantage this month ; for the most 
obdurate beauty, be she as pitiless as a hysna, 
9tjr be kept tolerably civil by a judicious appli- 
fittbn of bouquets ; one of the roads to a woman's 
hiait ia certainly strewed with flowers^ and a 
casrentioiial indulgence allows of their accept- 
iBf^tbeia* 

^h To the above-mentioned class, however, 
^B(r. Henry de Burgh did not belong ; his flir- 
^naioiia had been all in the exuberant gaiety of 
^Bbi hiMZl — ^he had not heaved a sigh for the 
VW tfarae years, and that was on the occasion 
(kt bis £ivourite hunter, who was so incurably 
^iciofu that he had to be shackled when he 
iBOttlady and for whom he had refused two 
kmdred guineas the day before £rom bis 
ooQsiii William, would carry him into a gravel- 
pit, tad hafing broken hia near fore -leg like 
• reed, dislocated his off-shoulder, and scooped 
am ta eye, that hung by a ligament from the 
wdttt, was obliged to be put to death on the 
^ ; and even that sigh was hardly attributable 
^ much to an inclination to sigh, as to the fact 



nerves were probably a littl 
theless^ albeit so little givei 
mood, onr bero had of late 
unquestionable symptoms of 
in love. 

A 6tilli calm, balmy evening 
him pacing with a hurried ste 
air, up and down the little ga 
dence, sedulously employed in 
of jasmine to pieces, and ap 
with a most patient and accomi 
for he was talking to himsl 
compressed his lips hard, no< 
significantly, as much as to a 
drew himself up to his full hi 
forth. A few minutes more 
ployed, as he had been for thi 
Bwridkim iiilli lliii Iffiii^^ 



THE TJNCLE. 



225 



diipoiidoQ to cram herself down his 
tbott ; in fiitherance of which design, she had 
teen crajQming herself with divers learned works, 
iciidag to the ancient land of Germany, — for 
4t hftd got KB idea into her head, that Henry 
VM hatf Qnd on that subject, ever eince she 
aBcertamed that he was engaged in the 
)& of a German work, an enterprise 
to her, who felt the difficulty of dealing 
with I few detached words almost insurmonnt- 
d to be something superhuman. 
• Were yon ever at Baden, Mr, de Burgh ?" 
fad ihe^ as he came up, making a desperate 
kmgi to secure him for herself; *' I have been 
aoch a delightful account of it, written 
tfffly and so good-naturedly, and so fnll of 
quotations and anecdotes. I quite long 
Hue yisite to the place, and see the som- 
itmtocratiques and the personages marquans, 
'^ dieir toilettes coquettishly nonchalantes, 
4l their mittag repast at the table d'hote, 
?» *t«ileiicc, and the charming princess, with 

l5 



; cm. 




the rode giusp 

ife me pttklex ; but leB 

by i^ wlial b the {KMC 

■p under the 



ftaswered Henrr, m 1* 
; lie had a job of his own 
ice with his tormeDtofi 
v^ iMked M Im with tbe hflgmshmg air of i] 



It 



iH 



m TUB 



the pleasure of heir* 




equally 

BOl a etae rf lirer, nor yel of goat, — ^it was 
of the heart. In a few minutes he 



THE VyCLB, 



227 



in withdrawing Arabella from the 
; in a few more, a turn in the lane in which 
were Btrolling separated them more en- 
Mf, by placing them out of sight of one 
The lady caat her eyes nervously 
the ground as the gentleman looked anx- 
Cowards her ; she had an instinctiye pre- 
tibat a crisis was at hand. Henry 
a hurried and inquiring glance around, 
^oot a soul was in sight; the moment, the 
pboe, aQ was favourable. Arabella trembled 
violently,— she knew what was impending, the 
linie was come ; with a desperate effort, " Miss 
Jobifon/' said Henry, " ever since I have had 

the pleaanre of knowing you " 

Snder, unbappy man, or unfortunate woman, 
ai yatir case may be, you may breathe freely 
afUQ ; in consideration of the patient endurance 
^itii which you have waded through so many 
>%lers of this our humble history, we will not 
inftict this part of your sentence, the love-scene 
^ feyllowed, lest it prove tantalising, and it is 



1 



leniency for tlie fiiture— 
vine in mercy. 

When the parties came to 

looked too like a winner tJ 

to the result of his petition J 

that stood by his side had i« 

What were the sneers of tj 

laughter of Crockford's, the j 

the astonishment of Almack'e^ 

ofhis uncle, to him? Love J 

faculty; successful, triumphal 

will say no more about iU 

instance of clemency; sufl 

ArabcUa, pale and agitated, I 

communicate to her parents! 

day; whilst Henry, a briglj 

cheek, a glittering of proud tl 

hope and iov In hi, u^J 




11 ui^ 

p. 



THB UWCLE, 2*29 

agtonisbed tlian gratified^ by finding that 

ker &pot&l m marriage had actually been the 

object of diseaMion during her absence, though 

ooC euctly upon the footing that she could have 

vahed* We have already made the reader 

Aware of the affection which Mr* HopeweU che- 

Qiiied for Arabella, an affectioii which, perhaps, 

if anything, stimulated by the presence of a 

filently and secretly ripened into a violent 

ih^orbing p&ssion. Feeling the inadequacy 

^ Itit meuu to aspire to her hand, that excel* 

Int man had striven and wrestled with his 

hopdeM paarion, but in vain ; he had been care- 

Ui at £ir la feelings such as his can be sup- 

fnmtdf not to suffer word^ look, or gesture to 

ocipe him, whereby it might become known ; 

bt hid even avoided her society of late, so little 

Mha leel himself his own master in her pre- 

iOMii shut still it gnawed and gnawed, — the trial 

tinry bitter, — when an event occurred which 

*>w«^t it abruptly to a crisis. 

tmde, whose prombed kindness in the 




gendeman's meditations on 
had been so severely attackc 
who was the principal of a coll 
aa Mra, Johnson commercial 
self,) wishing to see his neph 
some project he had respecting 
in the church, had written to 
presence at Oxford, and Mr. I 
been some days absent. 

The young gentleman arrifv 
of the Isis in the evening, and 
sitting in his study over the fill 
asleep ; and he could not hci|l 
tain drowsiness and heavineai 
he did not recollect formerli 
The old gentleman, however 
kindly, roused himself, and p( 
^m^an account of his plana ;j 



THB UNCLE. 



231 



\ thftt gentleman observed^ when he had 
^oodiided hii reply, that his uncle had dropped 
agaio. It only lasted ^ however^ for a minute 
twOf aad awakening again, he continued their 
nooiae; bat happening to recollect in the 
of it that he wanted a letter that was in a 
diitttit drawer to refer to some offer that had 
been made him, he rose to fetch it ; but imme* 
at down again, complaining of giddi- 
Mr. Hopewell, under his directions, fer> 
out the letter from a heap of others, and 
fannight it to him ; and he began to read : — 



'^ My dbab Sib^ 
1 hasten to reply — ** 
** Had yoQ ever a headache in the back of 
irwh6id,Bobertr 
- No, sir.*' 

" I have a most violent one just now ; it is 

fttj disagreeable. * I hasten to reply ;' " here he 

4w* up his hand impatiently before his eyes. 

"T^iw seem to me to be a quantity of sparks 



of the 18th ult. I believe ! 

you what pleasure it would g 

—pleasure it would give meH 

sure it — would — give — meH« 

cannot catch the next line — li 

it yourself." The nephew t6 

could not read without every 1 

a hurried glance at his uncl^ 

perused more than six or sef 

observed that the old man wa^ 

chair in a state of stupor. 

to him novel aspect of apopl 

well, hastily calling upon ti| 

patched one for a surgeon, ani 

to bed as quickly as they coull 

hot, his eyes bloodshot, his fao< 

seemed hardly conecious of wj 

dkboot him : the medical man ni 



TBB WCtM* 233 

gt the mind were obsenrable^ he should be im- 

nediatelj sent for. Hopewell watched that live- 

U«*» fuglit by the couch of his uncle ; twice during 

aht the phyaicUn calltdj but it was manifest 

rienced eye the question was out of the 

mch of ftdeace, the disposal of it was at the 

vil of that All-powerful Being in whose hands 

«t tbekniesof life and death, and he warned Mr. 

EopeweU that the worst might be apprehended ; 

ikt slate of coma in which the sick man was 

|laQg«d,hrld its ground with deadly pertinacity ; 

* dbt ioif of •ensation became more and more cvi- 

dcsl towafds morning ; and when the surgeon 

aled about seven o'clock, he found that the 

puafol duty devolved upon him of informing the 

WBmaaag nephew that his uncle had not three 

boon to live — if the state in which he then lay 

oottld be called existence. The destroyer held 

ftcadHy his cold and ghastly course j another 

tmyDght the melancholy state of total 

ibilicy, a cold clammy sweat overspread 

lh» liabs, the heavy breathing became slow and 



the spirit of the good pj 
eternity. J 

Upon HopeweU's circd 

the event had an immediate^ 

had little to leave, but what j 

nephew, and in his situation 

difference. A valuable librJ 

linen, and a few, a very fej 

three-and.a-half per cents, i 

legatee's opinion, the additij 

establishment; for the ciotA 

religious grounds had disaJ 

mind— it is not necessary to] 

how ; and that evening 

announcing his immediate 

setting forth the improvem^ 

stances, enlarging upon the in^ 

for Arabella, and conclntHnJ 



?> a lett^ 
liate ren 



pennisnan to assume the character of a saitor 
for her hand, HtUe knowing, poor man, that her 
besrt w«s already gone. 

Tlie best, and indeed onlj answer she could 
■ake to his letter was, to inform her parents of 
the tnterriew that had just taken place between 
htr and Henry de Burgh, disclaiming at the 
ime time having ever given the curate the 
di§hlttt encooragement, which indeed was 
<iktly true. The whole afiair was in no slight 
perplexing ; for the decision of her 
about Henry's snit was not come to : — 
thay looked into one another's faces, and found 
there i poor Arabella was on thorns ; 
tbeir uneasy meditations were suddenly 
by the return of a messenger from 
iki poft office, with two letters for Mr« John- 
am. Two letters in one day was a rare event 
« Daflodil Lodge, but one of them attracted 
Mttt and respectful notice ; a large, heavy, 
«i(U letter, with •'On His Majesty's Service" 
fll tta otvcr, " Horseguards^' at the comer. 




■oUiy; tke luyal arras in tiie ^ 
:, he pnhaefy broken, 9ok 
■ty md die g y«*»«<^ enTdcpc 
of m loi^ lidii alieet of fool»- 
mm II nacn% drove Arabella s 
I a£ evefybod^-else^s head in ^ 
ilBKMii (Mii oi ber own ; for it «ii. 
ikflt i^cm the sum of four hnndrra 
■loney of the reabi 
lodged «t tiie pn^er quaitery Ur. Wd« 
FItt Jolmaon would in dae tind 
to Jmntj lidb^ or ocbenrke destroy^ 
Sndgn in the Han* 
oCFool. 
The wbohho— wia majoyfiil oonfiMifwii 
m momeat. Jaitasa ran to the armj list,tbfl( 
IumI be^k parchased in antktpiitioii ; the hanffl 
WWB green — how pretty! The Hon. Siis«* 
Haaten oonaiaaded the regiment — how aii* 
toamtk I One of the majors was a Lord Job« 
the youx^est eneigii a Baronet; he mig^ 
with Wellington — might 



THE TJSCLE. 



237 



witli Hm for the holidays, (which was the 
approach their knowledge of military 
€iiabkd them to make to expressing 
ktm of ibseiicej and then there was no 
flying vhat might happen — where was the 
quartered ? There was a list of the 
of the divers corps that are only ex- 
pad^ to garrison the globe at one shilling 
iDd a penny per man per diem, in the county 
piper* *' the Kcnsworth Exterminator and Pan- 
^'gHirirfll Weekly Analysis of the Empire,*^ — it 
ibded the desired information, '* Head-quar- 
ters, Dublin, depot— blank," 

This startled the fond mother, for she recol- 
Iftcted a pickle-»hop in the county-town, with 
** Depot des cdmbstibles," in gilt letters over 
tb door, which appeared to be French for bama 
^cbeete; and she in her innocence imagined 
^the word depot related to some store or 
®»guine, whence the Hundreth were to derive 
^lubiistance. 

**Detr me, have they no depot? — they'll 
'•^'t," said «he. 




THB UFCLE. 



239 



,117 tziitf ports were checked, for at this crisis 
Mfil transports arose, looming uncoraraonly 

m the haze, before the eyes of the fond 
; Tessels of wrath, — flying Dutclimen, — 
ifopentft. She bethought herself, that he might 
h leiil to Jamaica for the benefit of the land 
taU, or ta Bengal for the use of the tigers ; 

were lions on the sandy plains of the 
Ctpe, smI elephants in the cocoa-nut forests of 
Ctykm; there were alligators in the Hoogly* 
ttl thafks in Fort Boyal; America was one 
bge nursery of rattte-snakes, and India owed 
in my existence from day to day to the due 
upply of calomel and opium. She shuddered 
■ ihe fearfial ubiquity of the colonies — he might 
k aenteaced to transportation to New South 
Wiies, on conviction of being next for detach- 
ment; he might be frozen blue in Canada, or 
•Girted brown in the West Indies, or burnt 
^^ by an African sun at Sierra Leone, or 
••hiW*' yellow by an oriental climate, at some 
r>c* ending in ore or poor- — such are the 



WCIC UCfUIIU 

iglit possibly 
ccurred tx> M 
If hich had laii 
dch had a rei 
ippearance, mi 
e compliment 
io doubt about 



nfnl duty has 

foa of the lam 

late Edward 

and Chindep 

Madias, whid 



THE UKCLB, 



241 



trther tbe pleasure to notify to you> that in 
ice witli his last will, dated the 12th of 
and witnessed by the Captain and first 
of the ship, you are lefl his sole heir 
tailfxecator; and with our best congratulations 
Bpon the accession to your income, we append a 
ion of the property which the lamented 
left behind^ together with a table of 
ttumsl rerenue arising therefrom, and have 
lionoar to be^ 

"Sir, 
** Your most obedient, homble servants, 
"Pesnefather and Martin, 
** Solicitors, London, 



"Poor Edward," said Mr. Johnson; *' I 
^e oot seen or beard of him this five -and- 
tWfuty years ; I should have liked to have seen 
^ befiire be died, nevertheless — well, I do 
^ ioppoee be made much money ;" and he 
^^iiud the page to look at the appended sche- 



THE UNCLE. 245 

Bttgh m, I believe^ of good family ; if he Is 

pctf that only makes it the more fortunate that 

It b?e become so rich." 

•Ob, well, now I do beg that I may have 
■y own way this once ; I do insist, that it 
ao oneqaal match/* said Mrs, Johnson, 
precisely aware how literally trne what 
was saying was, though not exactly in 
the lenso she intended it ; ''a most unequal 
•itcL I T^-ill not give my consent to Arabella's 
Anwiag herself away, — I positively will not 
brrfil." 

"Weil, my love, just as you please," said 
Kf. Johnson, with a pitying glance at Ara- 
^Otj he appeared not to have escaped the 
tnnknig of the head that was at that moment 
tnvifssl in the family, and poor Arabella 
^c*rd with a sinking heart that the unexpected 
S*^ feitaiie which brought such unbounded 
Hpioeas to the rest^ was to be but the cause of 
^ deepest misery to her. She retired to the 
*Btode of her chamber and wept bitterly. 



'US 



HAJLDXISS; OB, 



CHAPTER XIV, 



Yor really liad a rery pretty little bit of * 




THE UNCLE. 



247 



aobniiinient, *' I did think when I returned, 
ibt wc have been a long time away; but 
lb, WiTerton said he was not going to dance» 
W tliac we were very well where we were ; 
kieeiBed not to want to go back into the ball- 
lom, and I was almost sorry when Lord James 
ome t4> ask me to dance. Mr. Waverton was 
JBH, teUing me about his projects for the autumn. 
He b thinking of going into Norway, — ^it would 
k foth an interesting tour.'* 

** Oh yes, very," returned the elder lady ; 
'^ I see it w very interesting; you need not 
blaibi my dear. I assure you I admire your 
iHts estremely ; he certainly is in every respect 
obe of the best men about town, and I am the 
^ best of chaperons, am I not ?" 

** Indeed, my dear Lady Loosely, you are a 
pittera of chaperons," replied the young lady, 
l<Q|)ungf but nevertheless steering clear of her 
Uiikd*i real mesming, ** to have waited so pa- 
**«tly to the very end. I saw the Lancaster s 
gDttg tiiray exactly at twot and the look |K)or 



>vu liUKeci about were ^Ir. 
and some of the last new n( 
and he told me about a plac 
'\ •, !=.: forget the name of it, to wh 

iril :| try and persuade you to ma 

j "Was it Richmond r 

• ' " No." 

j "Greenwich?" 

J ■ " No, that was not the na 

it was on the river at all. 
such pretty walks and a labyi 
arrows, and gipsies, and a sp; 

"Oh! the Beulah spa; 
Well, my love, we must see 
party to it Next week perl 
soon enough ? Really I am q 



THE UNCLB. 



249 



• WieD, Vm sure," insisted Mary, *^ I know 
abottt it; Mr, Waverton never made 
«f pretty speeches to me ; if anybody has con- 
faerod him, it must be that long, thin Lady 
AiDoei Lackman he was talJdng to so long ; he 
told me the had four thousand a year ; she looks 
■ if she knew it, too." 

"Oh! what innocent creatures we arc; we 

bow Ekothing about it, no, nothing at all ; but 

fcf tte way, my lore, I must give you a friendly 

*ttning — not that 1 mean it to be applied to Mr. 

fWirertan, that is quite another matter; but 

■^ith respect to your partners in general, and 

Uttl it, Co be very cautious how you remain any 

of dme with them after the dance is 

unless you are quite certain that it is their 

i>li; for they have an ill-natured trick of chris- 

ihc young ladies that do so, * Adhesives,' 

lad that ia utter ruin ; men will not look at a 

pA to whom that nickname has been once 

dtKhed.*" 

** Dear mc, what a dreadful nickname I I am 

u5 




250 HARDNESS J OB, 

Ro glad you told me of it, for I should ne^v 
have thought of it so long as I was amused* 
must make Mr. Waverton an apology this ereo 
ing. He dines at the Gardens' too.** 

*' Oh ! he does — doei he ? — and you propoie 
sitting next to him at dinner, do you? It is i 
very pretty arrangement." 

" Now really, Iiady Loosely, you are getting 
quite spiteful. What do you quiz me so unmer- 
cifully about Mr. Waverton for I I am sure it 
is very natural I should see a great deal of hio. 
he is such a friend of Henry's ; indeed I sball 
soon be jealous of him, for Henry writes moe^ 
oftener to him than he does to me* Poor Harry r 
I wish he was here." 

" I dare say you do, my love," said the otfi*r» 
** if he was, you might be riding over there wi*b 
a friend of your own, instead of being ooop^^ 
up in a carriage with a friend of your mother'*' 
I think I can see a black horse there too, f^tli 
somebody on its back that I have seen before- 
Can youj my dear V* 



THB ITNCLB. 



251 



" Tor ihame ; no, I cannot. What a crowd 
tiKre ill— half the ladies in London seem to 
^retaken to riding." 

** Yei," said Lady Loosely, reflectively ; " it 

^kccD iomid by experience^ that sending the 

fsk out riding is a better and cheaper way of 

fecdDg them married than giving balls or din- 

talk A ball, oin the smallest scale, costs a hun- 

itti and twenty pounds at the very least, and 

(ntnUy more. Ours cost near three hundred t 

4hI eren then, to make it really tell^ we ought 

^ kite a second in reserve. It makes enemies 

Imiiiti. It is impossible to ask everybody, 

^iptcaUy one's country neighbours, whom one 

^mai leave out, the greater part of them at least, 

*id then they become furious, — they make 

^QDjaon cause too, they are so tiresome. 

B&BDcn are roinous ; ours cost from five* and'* 

(katy to forty pounds each, and FU answer for 

% lobody keeps their bills under better than 

Ido. That champagne of ours, which is the 

^thatcaa be got^ costs va next to notliing; 



252 



hardness; ok, 



for Lord Loosely Hag an order from the Due 
Montebello for two six-dozen cases of tlie 
quality every year at wine-merchant's prices, 
he sells what he does not want at six giiineii! 
a dozen, so the profit upon that corers a greit 
part of the expense ; and we make onr venisoi 
pay itself too^ so that nothing can he 
cheaply done than ours. Then the worst of, 
dinners-giving is, that one cannot choose one^ 
guests, — it is all give and take ; one must pay one'i 
debts, and the dinner-giving set are not always 
the most delightful people in the world, Maay 
of them are dreadful bores, and only give dinner* 
because nobody would take any notice of the© 
if they did not. Besides, it is heart-breaking 
to ask a young lord that one wants for oiie» 
daughters, and have to send him down with ^j 
dowager countess ; the members of parliamentt 
too, are sure to disappoint one except onSat«^j 
days, and then one loses the opera. Now f^ 
see, the horse costs five-and- twenty or thirty 
pounds at the utmost for the time it is •* 



THE TTKCLE* 



253 



Bfttj b tovn^ and nothing at all in the country. 

rbe girls can go out and ride, and meet every- 

Mj; it gi?es them a fair chance, and some- 

tkb^ more, if they have good figures, and sit 

tell; besides, they alwap get into better spi- 

lib and better humour when they are on 

vnebtcL They are not distracted by the 

luuic, as they are at balls, or speculating upon 

to next partner, or their friend's dresses; 

^ tttend to what's said to them, and that 

^tties the gentlemen ; and once the favoured 

•vim has got his horse up to the lady's side, he 

taa keep possession. Besides, nobody can 

Witch them, or listen to what they are talking 

ilKmt, which I must warn you is a very common 

toick at balls in this wicked town. Whenever 

yoQ observe any one standing close to you, and 

^tttfially avoiding looking at you, you may be 

^ the 18 listening to what you are saying. 

*D^ if the season ends without results, down 

i^the horse into the country, is still as effective 

M em there ; it has made no enemies, as the 




lugkcnmeaBdi 
Ai cytaufAri^TlwiTiting gentleaeni 

andtbt 

e does not likfl 

yoQ mee, my detf 

sad balnl works w^ tft 

aad lias been found fer; 




""Dtar 



BQ^" Md Msrr; and it was n^ 
■e aental exeftioo she mnstered af 
and safe an answer to Ler ^riend^i 
upon horsemanship ; for she could ooti 
forthe life of her, make out whether it was ^ 



THE tmCLS. 



255 



^ 



be CQQiidered as a piece of graye humour,^ or a 
Mj mtAf upon men aod maDiiers. 

" I am really quite ashamed of myself, Lady 
htomly" «aid a bright, joyous- looking girU 
ndiog ap to the aide of the carnage ; "I am 
Mw aa a beggar again, to ask you to do me such 
ifefonrr 

" You need not be frightened, my dear Lady 
Hffriet; I think I can guess what it is, — to 
ebperone you to the Duchess's this evening, is 
Mdialitf* 
** Why, if you would be so very kind ; 
KmBna haa such a dreadful cold, and I am 
redly afraid to ask Lady Bradshawe again; she 
kolced so dreadfully bored when I last went 
Mt with her, and looked so miserable and 
U^etty ercry time I did not dance." 

"You'll not bore me in the least, I assure 
P^!* answered the good-natured lady ; *' parti- 
^ly if ycu behave as well as my little pet 
"Wtf she affords me a great deal of entertain* 



ck!n 




I dedm,* vid Marr, «'I 
■ft Ladj Loosdj iiie«ii&. Is she IM^ 
I think I shall qaaml 




X«^ mT aid ber kdyship, with a goodp 

afibrd to qaurel 

a I hti§i iniii as me, there is not sac& 

W iuatd in London :*' a eiilogioo 

^udi her £ur be&ren iboa* 

^fflT^g to tUlQ vSS 

she could findaftetf 

with iHict directions not, if thej 

kdp k» i» ome near her again till d^y* 




**I sball can lor ]roo at half-past deKS» 
Ladj Haniely"* taid she ; ** and you need lUX 
have yMT boiaei oat, for Lord I>iuilira td 
Miss de Bough and I are aU going together i 



THx rscLS. 257 

>d ve tre to hxwe Lord Inmiaare's 
''■c^ wiuch I Tcril J befieve w» bou! to 
f 6, if not eighL'* 

''Humk jou Tcrj much, dear Ladj 
^nrered the jom^ bdj, and cuttered c^ co^ 
tiod oonsiderabl J retiercd at liaiiig zoc ti^ 
tameis orer ; £ot howertr oeitaim oae bit be 
( baring one's requeiC granted, tLe mamoL 
date prefinniDg it k aomrtbing fike tiie pre- 
■ring to poll tbe itzing of a ihover-faacL. 
"I like baTii^ Ladr Haiziet de Vere v^ 
le," laid Lady Looa^^ai ibe rode awar; -'sLe 
inch a good, bonetf, open-heaned gsi, aod 
on to enjoy bcndf to di m ung U r, k ii a 
leasore dinng anything for her, owe iiEck dbac 
ii not duown avay. Hie old Manpni w 
iered a dukedom tbe ocfaer dar, but be reCoKd ; 
s said, tbe Toriea called bim a vareier, be* 
flue he woold inart vpoo cxdOHaz as iade* 
aident jodgment of bis ovn ai a Ixwmaka; 
It he wat not to be bought or sold ; xeredne* 
«, tibe Wbiga inMt mange to get OB vidMMt 



258 



HABDNESS: OR, 



him as they best could. I wish he had taken 
I should haye indulged myself in the pi 
of makuig up a dinner for the express puipol 
of sending her out before that pompous, stopi 
Lady de Brett, who has actually ordered s 
of stockings with her countess's coronet wo 
in the foot. Did you observe that man who 
just passed with cotton gloves ?" 

" Yes ; is he not a very odd-looking pc| 
son?" 

*' That man is the son of a Manchester mana 
facturer, who died about five years ago, leava^ 
him some money ; and he came up to town 
vulgar, low-lived, low-born animal, driving 
sort of red-wheeled phaeton ; nobody kiMi 
anjlhing about him, but he had a great desU 
to get into good society ; this of course he netfl 
could have accomplbhed, if he had not o 
night encountered at some of those hocK 
gambling houses, poor George Seaton, wW 
knew everybody; and being well aware who M 
was, scraped up an acquaintance with him; of 




Mfo^him two ox three hundred pounds, with, 
IbtiieTe, though George never would acknow* 
it, &n implied^ if not direct condition, that 
k tkttld introduce him into society^ it heing 
a^dmtood* I suppose, that that was to cancel 
tie debt. Poor George, (I never shall forget 
iiii telling me the story — it was only the day he- 
fee bis dreadful deathj took the money, went 
«i phpng, won back his losses, and carried home 
I vithhim upwards of eight hundred pounds. He 
I Mtred that the next morning, before he got 
I % Ee li J toflong and tumbling for a couple 
I «f hmm, trying to make up his mind to repay 
Mliii nun his money» and haye done with him ; 
■ II to taking him about at hia friend, and intro- 
teag Hm, that was quite out of the question ; 
^pajing him back his three hundred pounds 
^ not to be thought of either ; so after long 
^*MiiknLknij he at laat decided what he should 
k He went lo this Mr. Jorrocks, as the cot- 
was called, and professing to take the 
posaible interest in his projects, said, — 



; OB, 






lUlow, I should be 
Id joa, snd I hope I 



to be so ; bat theres a right and a wrc 



^»f 




csane not,' oonimiied George; 'people wooU^ 
%bt shj of rou then,— but 111 put jou in the 
WSJ of MW U giag ii. In the first place. Til gel 
yam the maX — I wc up t k m £c»r Almack*a, th^ will 
be thxee bdk ; joa most not tell anjbody tbit 
I got then Ibr joo ; and to-morrow nighty wUek 
k the fint, Fll introduce jou to Mr. Babbit, 
who has fire or dx» I believe seven, I forgit 
how amj danghleFiy bat that does not nuttei; 
there will be Uiree oar four of them there, and 



THE UNCLE. 



261 



JOT most dance a turn with each of them ; — can 

jnnkr «Yea/ he said, * he could/ *Theii 

^vilijast do; a waltz and a quadrille with 

'^cij^onless they ask you for more^ in which 

^ jm most not look astonished, — you must 

[^ it 18 a matter of course, as if you were 

■ocostomed to he asked to dance hy girls ; 

ewe to take the old lady into the tea-room 

itiie course of the evening, and talk big about 

a yacht ; they live near Lymington ; 

that you have not patience to buUd, you are 

orut fbr one all ready found ;* here the 

Root man interrupted him, — he did not exactly 

tBitntaiid why he was to look out for a thing 

4it waa found already, George explained 

•^t * found* meant, and recommending him, 

pmantv to go backwards and forwards 

I Gnvesend steamer, till he knew some- 

[^ of navigadon, continued : * You'll soon 

fit upon good terma with them; they'll take 

•^ to other b&Us ; and whenever you have 

■■ttil dte to do, go and §Und by the lady 

V dte botue, shell be sure to ask you to dance 



may do! fail to recollect yotu 
you, do not mmd that ; go up 
taking care to address them 
that they may be satisfied th 
take of yours. Well, you 
yourself acquainted with the 
the carriages named in this 1 
you meet one of them, the m 
passed, pull off your hat in a 
you had forgotten to bow to 
yon must take care to be 
dress your groom in an 
a broad leather belt round hi 
be on a thorough -bred — you 
for about thirty potmds. I 
be inclined to recommend 






THB VNCLB. 



263 



to tomt of them. You'll £nd this system will 
•Iter if it 15 steadily pursued, and whenever 
fDQ want mj assistance, if it can be afforded 
*id»nt compromising the success of your plan, 
'*Wi depends very much upon my not appear- 
in it, you know you may always command 
^* Uefe he look out a gigantic pocket-book, 
iUng that he used to carry fish-hooks and 
io S ' As to the accommodation you were so 
af ta afi&yrd me last night, I shall now, 
many thimks/ — ' Oh, my dear sir/ said 
I, * oo need to be in such a hurry ; any 
that it suits your convenience, — pray say 
more about it f and George did not, he put 
the pocket book, and, I believe, got a great 
moDey firom him from time to time. 
I» tfa» sum did exactly as he was told. 
Gnrge iiitn)duced him to Mrs. Rabbit, and 
iv^oit thai he was the head of one of the most 
lideol fiimilies in Lancashire, that his fortune 
wu immense, that his manners were uncouth 
mdf becMiM he had been mewed up all the 



rtD. 





Mrs. Rabbit taok bim about tc 
Him as if be was a second Gol 
as he bad got up a suffici 
among the men, be gave dinn^ 
don, and tben be found p] 
George kept his counsel, for 
money ; I believe he bled h 
and by the time the thing was i 
established himself regularly 
body said it was a capital ji 
humour about him, and a wi 
things, that amused people, 
■ I as much to be seen in the 

hours ; he has been flirtiDg 
Lady Fanny Fitx&rthing 
beliere that she is in such a] 




THE UKCLE, 



265 



9hait tifli^ sod the melancholy that overspread 
her fcituref told that the absurd history of Mr. 
Jorroeis creeping into the world of fashion 
ciirDD^ii the baclis of the carriages had awakened 
^Aer and sadder recollections. George Seaton 
WW her nephew, a wild, thoughtless, dissipated 
fQiaog inan^ bat universally popular^ whose 
ndBodioly £ite had excited an unusual in- 
io the circle in which he moved ; it went 
to their hearts, for the bolt struck close to 
own doors; it was death and sin carry- 
fag off tl»eir victim from the very midst of the 
iw^riletB. ** Poor George,*' continued she, in a 
mbdacd tone. *' I remember the whole story 
vord lor word* as if it were yesterday, it made 
■odi an impression upon me, in connection with 
wbat followed ; he told it to me when he was on 
^ way to thi« Mr. Jorrock's lodgings to borrow 
•OOMI more money from him ; his manner struck 
aesa being odd and reckless, and he made me a 
prepent of a seal, which I thought at the time had 
Cbo motto, ' Bern ember me/ on it, but I cannot 



*' * Ora pro 

" Well, he went to this i 
hundred pounds &om hii 
helieve, of getting him in 
that was the capital upon w 
the last time ; he lost four I 
— he was already everywhei 
not a farthing in the wor 
by himself — this was aboufc 
— and when Sir Thomas 
most intimate friend, had 
out of scrapes, though h 
younger man — they lived i 
returned home, (he had hi 
the House of Commons^) 
his dressing'tabloy a small 



THS UKCLfi. 



26: 



Wj*i v<Mce fidtered, " it is a fear^ ending 
we loTe. Sir Thomas at once eus- 
tbtiome terrible calamity was at hand, 
he hurried immediately to the other room ; 
VM ^tuet, he hoped he waa yet in time, when 
pmped the handle of the door ; but no, it 
too USe^ — it grated in the lock as he turned 
ittiUllie aame instant be heard the report 
ftpiitol, — it waa too dreadful.*' 
lady Looeelj stooped forward for a moment, 
'9 to oopiiill her watch, but evidently to hide 
'ke &om her companion. 
How very shocking !" said Mary ; "it makes 
Adcr to think of such a horrible tragedy. 
*^--i^ — gentlemen — play — in — that reckless 

"XoyDiy dear" said her companion, herself 

^. wad itniling tignificantly ; *' not all ; Mr. 

u>D doe* not play at alL — Driye to Lord 

liorc'i,'' 



s 2 



HJiSDKzas; oit. 



CHAPTER XV. 



It was early on a bright sunsliiiiy moi 
that a youth and maiden stood by a etile 
parted the fields of Henry de Burgh's lam 
from the lane that led to the farm-house, 
looked mournfully at one another. It w* 
Henry and Arabella ; — she had met him to con* 
municate to him the aad^ the heart- crushing ifl* 
teiligence, tbat their lot was thenceforth to bt 
separate. Both were now silent : — disappointed 
affection tortured the heart of the lover, nor wtf 
offended pride absent from his breast. 

^* Here," thought he, in the first ebullition of 



TH£ UNCLE. 



269 



' aojTow, not unnaixed with anger, — **here ib 
bitter fhnt of my reckless extravagance ; even 
■ w^retdied income that I had formerly, that 
ihioe^ was barely sufficient to support me as 
i^^ man, would have made me an object in 
ejm of these people — would have ensured 
lie happiness of possessing this treasure — 
pearl beyond price; — by Heavens! I will 
it, though, in spite of all the silly 
■ddien in Christendom — I will— I cannot per- 
myself that they will positively and finally 
their consent ; the fact is, they are daz- 
ded by this sudden accession of fortune — no 
•iMider ; — bat I can already see that it will 
Iria^ then nothing but disappointment — bitter 
J jap po i ptmenty too, to people of their restless 
ODbitkii ;^^hey'U soon Bud out that all is not 
pM that glitters — there will be another story to 
tsU inlbe autumn, — it's along way off, though.'* 
rit was an age for a lover— three months.) 

\l1dlst these thoughts were passing in his 
■nod, the poor girl titood silent, pale, and mo- 



iBH' '«iB m ker er^^ — §lie tried 




THE ITNCXB. 



271 



nakot efort of f elf-control preventing his 
Uf adnd by sajing it aloud, which would 
Ittdlj iave been a suitable observation to make, 
auddmag whom it would have been addressed 
•a. "I cannot understand/* said he, " why, if 
if to ibad of the peerage, she cannot be con- 
with one of the oldest Earl's famihes.'* 
** Tlttt was what provoked me so," returned 
[la; •'the would not believe me when I 
her 10 ; she said she was sure that you could 
BfiC be what you call yourself, or you would have 
■ach graader notions.'* 

Henry dc Burgh, in the midst of his misery, 

could not help smiling at the good lady's ideas 

of the oeoessary Bnery of a gcntleman^s ideas. 

•* Deerest/* he said, " do you really and truly 

i I love you ?" 

do, indeed, Henry," was the answer ; ** you 

I do, — I would rather die than leave you, 

►I lAxalL die, I think — I cannot go up to that 

id London — would to God, I were in my 

nre 1— what on earth shall I do ? — Henry ^ do 



I sure we could ] 
le, and a very litt] 
cle wants me to g 
i "in that case b 
1 yoa go 80 fiur, A 
Id, indeed,*' •ot 
ijwhBce with yon, 

\ BoKgh never ha 
nanyofhiiprocc 
: girl in hit arms, 
BtnediaixMeofth* 
lid than done— lei 
ght by-and-bye.'* 
Itered the agitate 
ertheleaa ;-*'<! c 
a wickedness!- 



THE UNCLE. 



273 



As she made no attempt to remove the offen- 
amiy however, Henry did not think it ne- 
to yield to her scruples, and the arm 
•• Daorest^" murmured he, " your 
are onreuonable ; why should your life 
miserable because your mother is am- 
I — make me happy at once — say you will 
re might be off tomorrow morning, and 
they will Defer catch us.'* 

U a hard atroggle now took place in the 
fMQD-loaaed mind of Arabella, it is not very 
voadcrAil, nor very blameable — it was human 
Mvrt ; but sound principles had taken root in 
W chancter, as in a congenial soUj and she 
^Mtstfolly resisted the fearful temptation. 

*'No," said she, "not even for you, Henry, 
^oold I do what I know 1 should be ashamed 
^ fe Ihe rest of my life ; you know how very 
'^^ it would be — for heaven's sake, press me 
^ ^nt; but do go and speak to my father 
^"'irif— there, I must go now." 
^^tj iiood for a moment in deep and earn- 

N 5 






deepened, etrengthened by 
ducL *^ This is the womaa 
he, " who can thus defy tem 
right of me to put it in her 
beautiful she looks!" He did 
parting, judging it a bettor 
out asking ; it was not ] 
parted sad and sorrowing, b 
hopeless* 

While this interview 
matter in question was 
at Daffodil Lodge, Mr. 
gree moved by Arabella's ] 
though unwilling to cloud 
of her newly -acquired go 
manifestly half turned h 
her wishes upon a point 
^ vioufely set her heart, ^d 



i 



TUB UNCLE. 



275 



^^l^anrarm of hornets about kis ears, and 
^^li^iinded b&d to maintain a strife of words 
^Noit tiiree women ; for Mi&s Amelia Irving 
^jamtd the party, (they may talk of Leoni- 
^ ad Thermopybej but this — ). Mrs, John- 
*'**^ was resolved that it should not be, for divers 
^^od reasons of her own, one of which was, that 
"^ WIS reluctantly compelled to admit to her- 
•^tl tint Anbelk*s beauty greatly exceeded her 
^^tcr'ii and upoD their personal charms she was 
I'lipugh to depend for attracting young 
abool her, in their approaching London 
; — for they bad already resolved on 
their debut in the world of fashion, as 
*OQii ii a house could be procured i besides 
^^ucli, as has been already alluded to, she had 
Hiy indistinct ideas of Henry's real position in 
aroatry ; for though at that moment he was 
'^iRiimtly poor and broken down, still, there 
*^ teilly no doubt but that sooner or later his 
^f interest must tell, and that he would be 
•••Iww or other properly provided for. She 



quiet» good-humoured young' 
the slightest particle of affec 
appearance of pride about hi 
idea of what such a personage 
nephew (within two of the h 
and haughty Earl of In nil 
princely territory in both islai 
inous clear income, — in short 
aurably superior to anything 
slightest right to expect for he 
ther did she know, nor indeed 
for the young nobleman had k' 
sol within his own breast, th 
had long since determined 
upon coming to his title, — an 
the common course of nature, 
far distant, — his very first act 
a Bu itabie settlei^gft^ mgj^ 



THE HSCLB. 



277 



ocept ids brother, who would probably have 
TO imply provided for in his father's will, 
•ottlj hare rather astonished Mrs. Johnson. 
Bw ouf hero waa some poor cousin of the family, 
*k believed might be true, and to say truth, Mr. 
«^Dbioii himself rather inclined to that opinion^ 
"ftr excepting in his communications to Arabella 
^cnry had been carefully silent on the subject 
^*rf kit &mtly ; and the rapidity with which his 
^^teptince by the young lady and rejection by 
^v parents had succeeded one another, had 
^frrenled hb having an opportunity of convinc- 
ing them on the subject. Visions of coming 
^kndor and coming fashion » that never could 
^mlkedy dazzled Mrs. Johnson's eyes; near 
••Wft llioiQsaQd a-ycar seemed to be an inex- 
Vuttdble mine of wealth, that placed her upon 
^ loaimtt of all earthly greatness, and titled 
I ^iB^lm at that moment were the objects of 
I W iipirations. Juliana was actuated by the 
k Motive that usually governed her ideas and 
^k ^^tPU—jeaknizy; ahe would have been furious 



many-tongued muse of Kens' 
Johnson had taken in to her coi 
any alliea upon any terms, fo 
that the matter was not yet 
that siDy, malevolent rejection 
happiness, from motives so p 
painful as the affair was to 
cipally concerned, they would 
air of ridicule over the whole 
anybody have sutpected themj 
opposed the match — for she 
man for herself. 

»*I wonder yon can port( 
meaalliance for Arabella, M 
she ; ** an eleve, too, a yoi 
should think of nothing but < 
that was not de la premiere t 



THE UNCLE. 



279 



^^c a right lo expect that our daaghters should 

"VTf btronets," said Mrs. Johnson, " or at all 

^^*9t$, ktughxSf or at least honourable misters ;'' 

^9ke looked with conscious dignity at Juliana^ 

•io thought so too. 

I dare saj^'* said that young lady» *Hhat 
will soon forget Mr* de Burgh when 
get op to London » she has such a talent for 
^^tttthipa i she'll soon hook another suitor." 
*• Yes, indeed," said Miss Irving, *' it is very 
; the is quite a pecheresse des liommes ; 
Buj depend upon it, my dear Mrs. John- 
son, tint she will marry a grosse partie/* 

** I tm raie it tliat will not be her fault, if 

*t>s does not/' kindly remarked the sisterly 

IttliKna, ** though I do not know how she is to 

^sUbtt her charity in London ; I suppose she 

caoaot ga about visiting sick beggarwomen 

tberer 

'' Indeed/' said the motlier, "I shall Dot 
^^ her to demean her&elf in that manner any 
AQf« ; ilie poor are abundantly provided for in 



and other charitable institutio 
people, and I ehall not eufPe 
a parish overseer of herself*** 

" Bless me," interrupted Ife 
she is» I declare, wandering a 
by herself, enveloped in her 
nants; really, Mrs. Johnson 
allow her to * chew the cud o 
fancy' in that manner, — she wl 
and sentimental, quite a misan 

Mr. Johnson, who, with 1 
turnity, had let the flood of ^ 
and indifferent, flow on, unchc 
and unheeded, now rose fro 
approached the window. Hi 
sight that might well move a 
the sorrows of his daughter, 



tm*: -V-- 



THE UlffCLl, 



281 



loi own Arabella sauntered slowly and mourn- 

Ifalljr tJirough the little shrubbery, hardly raising 
hit heivy eyea from the ground, shewing no 
trice of colour in her pallid cheek, a living 
IBOge of sadness without — and what were the 
A^hU within ? Was it not true that her heart 
^*» breaking ? — and for what was all this misery 
<Qd dewlateness to clond the youth, and per- 
^n Abridge th.e days of his beat beloved ? Why 
•» ikat pore, that good being, in whom he had 
•WW discovered a fault, to be condemned to a 
pnUmienl so severe^ that the reason often gives 
*»y before it, the pangs of disappointed love? 
^ thit too at a moment when their increased 
tttint enabled him, if he so pleased, to indulge 
^OBtelf in the happiness of seeing his favourite 
^ttgbter liftppy? Was this all to be under- 
to gratify the silly vanity of a silly woman, 
moteorer, his experience of the world 
Mm would surely be disappointed ? His 
«J» wwt fixed thoughtfully upon Arabella ; 
^09 wai a slight compression in his lips, such 



compassionate expression wi 
upon the poor girl, and did 
it|; Miss Irving observed it 
foreboding, when, at this ii 
peared at the door. This 
tleman whom Henry's oraci 
incompleteness of an establ 
a page, had provided with 
Mrs, Johnson's 

" Hard bearl 
Her charitable vani^ 



J 



and he now appeared " 
round jacket^ of an elegai 
colour, with red collar and cu 
of gilt buttons; his nether ma 
boy, encased in palish- bloA 
broad white atrini* ilnigti ihttJ 



THE UKCLE. 



divert the current of her spouse's 
kU; she little knew^ good easy woman, 
vial WIS to come next. 

* Fleaie sir, Mr. de Burgh wants to see 
too.- 

Obt in see him V exclaimed she, hastily 
op ; ** those sort of matters are always 
teaioaged by ladies.'^ 

"NoT said Mr. Johnson^ in a tone that 

^A her sit down again as if she had been 

•^ md he Icfi the room. 

Aa uneasy tntenral followed; nobody was 

•'BKag to break the silence, yet everybody felt 

'^ fomething particular was likely to happen; 

^6fc minates passed, the gentleman returned 

"'-'l — ten minntes, the interview was stiU pro- 

^^gwi^fiAeen, they seemed like boars. Juliana 

'^^btd aiuiioiialy at her mother; Miss Irving 

rd nervously at the glass, " Here's a pretty 

*"<> do/* tlK>oght Mrs. Johnson ; ** this is out of 

die frytng-pan into the fire ; what if he talks 

'olttsoii over ? — Lord ! if once he takes a thing 



tain — it lii so aggravating/' 

" There they are, going i 
shrubbery !'* suddenly shriek 
Amelia, in a lone resembling 
pea-fowl, and the three crowt 
window. It was true enoupj 
gentlemen were, a more porte 
than ever astrologer dreamed of 
together, in the direction of tl 
bella stood, attempting, appa| 
and without knowing what 
detach a rose-bud from a b 
turned towards them ; and t 
proaeliing footstcpSi deaden( 
turf, failed to excite her 
and her lover drew nigh. Th 
dow, huddled together, and 



THE UNCLE. 



285 



^lOBwciMily to be expected; varied emotions, 

**f fery creditable, were at work in their 

■Viiiti — baffled ambition^ gnawing jealousy, 

■^pcoDted vanity* were at their hideous work ; 

^^•tif niancDuvTiiig mother, the unnatural sister, 

^c saperannuated flirty had each their proper 

''^iDentor, and had richly earned it; — ^a few 

*«pi more — the poor girl turned suddenly 

'Ound — her eye lighted ^ — her countenance 

t^tightened tip — she sprang haBtily forwards ; 

^ad the start of glad surprise with which she 

Cqii^ her arras round her Other's neck, left no 

ioobt as to the nature of the communication be 

Wmdeher. 



OHAPTBB 1 

*w*ag yet oon 
iiiMly^With hone: 
nbotntaed in and 
• AiUonad paiidi 
tbe evidences o 
•hadj pathi nuu 
»;notaweedm 
IjMhsren tnrf o 
tgniTdwilki;^ 
bnd their fragr; 



tiujg^t 



THB UKCLE. 287 

^ tide of which a tiny amphitheatre dis- 
P*H tiie contrasted richness of a mass of 
***• at dose as they could stand ; an old- 
^iBBed avenue of yew trees, so thick as ahnost 
'^ W defiance alike to the summer^s heat and 
r*f lain^ led from the house in the direc- 
of the church ; and in a small but prettily 
and neady-fumished room, sat the 
^My purty at break£Eiat. It consisted of Mr. 
*«iward, his wife, the eldest daughter, Emily — a 
9^4empered and intelligent girl of eighteen, 
^•4 die second, Fanny, who had just completed 
^ lereirteenth year. The glass door that led 
^ito the pleasure grounds was open ; for even in 
%kii country the &esh air of a June morning is 
^toelbitcs worth havings and the party was lis- 
^istBg witit some degree of interest to the foU 
^0viBg letter, that Emily had received that mom- 
% from yiiTj de Burgh. 



" Mt nujt EuiLY, 
** Xow that I have been long enough in 



J 



inuch disappointed, "VVe ba 
in Grosvenor Square, and 1 1 
grand bulls, and twice to t 
drawing-room ; and I drive 
every day, sometimes with m 
with Lady Loosely, who wai 
my poor mother's, but oftenei 
does not amuse me in the leati 
quietly settled at Ganton aga 
very fine, and there are ver 
and very gentleman-like men 
use to me, for I know hardl}' 
you cannot conceive how soli 
lara has introduced some of 
and I sometimes hear Lady I 
rally chaperones me, ask gi 
with me, which I dislike e 
■lift-^- nr fhit rhrTT irn ^am 



THE UKCLE. 289 

JO do it, but she only laughed, and said that 
lie world did it, and that I should get no 
ners at all if she did not. I am sure I 
dd prefer that; for it often happens that 
r I haye been introduced to a gendeman, 
f likely I do not see him again for such a 
e that be has forgotten me, or I have for- 
ten bim, which is very disagreeable. I see a 
nber of very nice girls, too, but have made 
friendships with any of them ; they all seem 
occupied with something or other of their 
n, that they have no time to bestow upon a 
DT stranger like me. It is so disagreeable 
iling oneself a perfect nobody, and I do think 
ere are no such things as friends in London. 
am a dose prisoner besides, and cannot stir 
at without the carriage. It is such a loss to 
Be poor Harry not being here ; and I sit in the 
^wing.room, full of fine things, receiving 
^iBtB from numbers of fine people, and think of 
tU delicious rides and walks you and I used 
^ bave together, dear Emily, at Ganton. The 
vol. 1. o 



290 



hardness; or. 



only person that seems to care whether I 
dead or alive, is a Mr. Waverton, and 
only because he is a great friend of Hi 
However, I am always delighted to see hixn» 
he generally brings me good new8 ; he says i 
Harry is getting perfectly reconciled to 
little out-of-the-way village he is living in, 
that he is translating a German book, and^ 
to become an author himself, though I am 
I never should have thought of that, and 
encourages me always to hope for the best 
xm really in very low spirits about him, 
my imcle will not hear his name mentioned 
fore him, aud he has taken such a dislike 
Mr. Waverton, that he will hardly be commoi 
civil to him, though Dunlara says that nol 
is more highly spoken of everywhere* I 
sure he is very clever and good, and he is 
gentle and respectful in his manner, that it 
quite a pleasure to speak to him. He is 
parliament, and is expected to make his 
speech soon. I shall be so curious to resti il 



TUB tr?5Cl.E, 



291 



I m going to a grand ball to*night, which 
«Hglil to be vciy beautiful, for Dunlara tells 
lae there will be five thousand pounds' worth 
cffiowers aboat the house ; it seems such an as- 
tQBiiluQg quantitjr. Good bye^ dearest Emily. 
Bdiffe me, ever your attached friend, 

*' Mary de Burgh/' 

•• Well," said Emily, as she folded up the 
Wtef, •* who would have thought of Mary*8 
siting m such low spirits after she had been a 
^th in London f I thought that it was a sort 
ofUryland/' 

^ I am afraid those sort of disappointments 
*» flot uncommon,*' observed her mother. " I 
neoOect, well, the first and indeed the only year 
^ I ever was in London, I never enjoyed myself 
^^8W«ghly. There was a great deal to interest 
•moo, for it was the year the allied sovereigns 
*WB there; and there was such a crowd of 
^**igo officers, that London seemed turned into 

IiGen&ftii Of RofisiaQ city, and there was an im- 
o2 



1 did not like s: 
night, which I 
>m her ancle's ra: 
every enjoyme] 

re say/' (Mid "k 
kaufwn, that Ma 
thifl moment* oi 
rat her brother, 
anger against '. 
> — ^it is one of th 
the tenadfy witl 
tnce he has takei 
le viUage where 1 
wrth,papa.'* 
^rth I I know th 
the coast Tea 



TBM UKCLE. 



293 



him, two years ago. I remember he 
I doable first ; but tbey said he oyerread 
Iff and was obliged to be Bupported through 
iLeciainiiuitbn with strong stimulant medicines. 
I ibmk hifl name was Hopewell." 
1 *• Hopewell !*' said Mrs. Howard, " why that 
I ii tile Dime of the gentleman who wants to ex- 
I daage with Mr. Jones; he says the sea air 
^loQ not agree with him." 
H " I heard nothing about it," returned Mr. 
Howird, somewhat astonished ; *' I did not even 
bow that Mr. Jones thought of— why, here 
I CBiMi cntr worthy friend the doctor ; I wonder 
'• gets on without his noble patron. Well, 
vr goes the world with you ? — how is 
aiggins?' 

^' '*v well, thank you," returned the 

o ^.iJently bursting with the importance 

^ » reeent communication from the Jupiter of 

-oughts; " pretty well, thank you, but in 

^^ dsttrevy poor thing ; for I received last 

' >tihy the day mail^ a summons to attend his 



I 



fl 



!lr 



lung, though it is very flatt 
''Oh, so you have heai 
more last night— does he 
Henry r 

'^ Not a word; here'stb 
is rather short in his style* 
the doctor^ producing the f 
tion« which ran dnis. 

'^ DXAB DOCIOB* 

" NoBOiyT here unde 
tion, so yon must come v 
besides* I cannot be bor 
letters I reoeiye on busines 
will find lodgings ready 
Audley Street* dose to us. 



THB UNCLE. 



295 



* And when do you go, doctor V* instinctively 
Emfly, sheets of postageless mannscript 
]imQDg before her eyes, 

"Not till to-morrow evening, Miss Emily. 
I bnt a great deal of business to arrange before 
Igtyboth for myself and the Earl,*' returned the 
iwtiiy Escokpius, pompously, his own bosi- 
9tm being the packing of a portmanteau^ and the 
WWiiiJ. 

"I fball get you to take a letter for me/' 
ittd ike young lady. 

''Igueoed aa much. Miss Emily," returned 
Hiigi^ with a patronizing air. " I am sure 
Mb Mary will be charmed, for all her London 
fcwy« to hear how blooming you are looking. 
It 11 mighty queer^ how contrary his Lordship 
^ ibont letters being enclosed to him ^ I re- 
<lQaber one day his being as cross as a cat 
^^ttm^ he got seventeen} and they charged 
*ini for the two biggest, two- and- threepence, 
■^ ibee-and-a-peimy. But I have no time to 
"••i— good mombg ; ** and away he posted to 
Qflilitt his flattering summons, as he called it, 



— o- *^ «> saia 
^, "that a man 
rofession that wo 
table finbeiBtence, 
cWUren, should 
> to the mere p 
e penon of a u 
pewniptoiy and 
ttle oonciderate oi 

must try and get 
Mr. Henrj de B 
ifraid that would 
1 tt%ht a» weU 
attempt to stop th 
t his pataron*s hun 
Jodu" There w 
honse^ and the 



THE vyn.Y.. 



297 



viuch (oak its place la the London mail the 

|i»«t ereoing in Dr. Higgins'e pockety along 

a piper of sabdwiches, a folding-up comb^ 

peppermiDt lozenges, and a night-cap. 

That gentleman had the inside to himself; 

ao fellow-traveller to interfere with the bene* 

fcal use of the seats, or the patronage of the 

m-B, and his meditations, thus unchecked, 

themselres wings, and roamed far into 

ihtdowy realms of fancy* 

"His lordship cannot do without me, that^s 

(W, any more than he can without his shav- 

^ hufh,'* thought he, laying thereby the foun- 

UoQ of the stately castle he was about to 

•W in the clouds. ** I shall always be asked 

ta dinner when there is a mnd spread. I 

lUl Qt at th^ foot of the table, and carve just 

• if I were roy lord's aid de cong. Won't I 

' polite thing ia style. ' My lord duke, will 

^^^ grace permit roe the honour of taking a 

^ of wine with you after your soup ? What 

^« ^ your grace be pleased to partake of, 

o 5 



HAEDNESS; OB, 

champagne V — * My Ladj Marchioness, my I 
asBUt your ladyship to a bit of rabbit ? BciotU 
fhl Portugal onions they are to be sure, as miU 
as mother's milk.' — Then all the nobe will aji 

* That*8 the lad that can wind the old Earl romd 
lus thumb like a ha'porth of packthread ; tkd^ 
the boy we must butter up ;' they 11 all be ii 
civil as you please^ — won't they just^ — it 

* Doctor, a man of your abilities/ — *' 
Higgins, with the merited influence you 
May be they'll consult me when they'ie 
Oh lord !— oh lord !— what 11 I do if tliej 
do; those London physicians are all kdglit> 
and baronets; I would'nt have a chance witb 
them — faith they would tear me to pieces m^ 
than no time, if it was only for sheer eflvj* 
Vm thinking I might say that out of delktf^ 
to mj DoUe firiend, I would not accept ^J 
oCher practice, — ^thal would be doing the gcntow 
thing properly ; theyll say, ' Sore, he's ^^ 
confidential physician, the fidus Achates; ^ 
how close he is^ like a patent inkstand f tbe/^ 




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299 




It lOfifling after me with their secrets, lit 
Ogl^; — ah! they've terrible secrets in them 
gmt £uiulies — there's a murder in one, and 
• bk of forgery in another, — they say its a 
wie child knows its own father, — by Jasus, it's a 
»iie child knows its own mother in some of them ; 
^ there's wills burnt, and wills they daren't 
lost deeds, bad titles, — faith, and some* 
lUMs devO a title at all, — and then private mad- 
kooNB, snd the women. — Och ! least said is 
nooeit mesded ; Vd have to keep my tongue 
fetwcen my teeth, I'd be a regular depository. 
^ Hen how grand it would be in the invitations 
Htodia&er — (this recalled his thoughts to the 
^■1^ reminded him of the packet of sandwiches, 
^ to which he applied himself forthwith, without 
flberring that their greasiness had qualified the 
*»elope of Emily Howard's letter to do duty 
^ 1 lantcrii ;) — sure, whenever my lord was 
Jikttl to dinner, they could not leave out his 
*fe rgo ; faiih, I might give 'em a hint that 
^ was subject to fits, it would not be safe for 




300 



HARO:(£S9; OR, 



him to ftir witbout a medical man at his elboWi 
in cue of a swoon, as the French say, ( 
phrase Dot appearing in the best French die* 
tioiiaries, leaTes it in doubt whether it is noC a 
liberal rendering of * en cas de besoin.') Il 
would be, ' The Marquis and Marchioness of 
LockeriTy present their compliments to the £tfl 
of Innismore, and Miss Mary de Burgh, ad 
Dr. Higgms, (munch munch ;} and should they 
haf« BO better engagement, would be glad l» 
sec them ai dinner on Monday, the *29th of 
June, at half-past ax/ — sharp," (mimch, moBch, 
munch.) 

**The coach stops here ^ve minutes, air/ 
said the waiter, as he opened the door. ** WTiai 
a pity it is," thoaght the doctor, as he desceBded< 
a glass of hot brandy and water in his ey^* 
to act as the temporary substitute for Led 
Lockrrly*s champagne, — "what a mortal pity il 
ts that ifrs. H— will not be there to see itr 
sh€*d be as proud as a paycock, to see me iB 
my gluj. It*s mighty hot, this punch is (flor 
flup) ; it's a shwt &Te minutes you're giTiogu** 



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301 



foird; waita bit, man, (flup flup,)— Fm coming 

tnt^;mut a man can't swallow blazing hot 

Iviter like a salamander (Bup flup) ; a christian's 

throit isn't tinned like the spout of a taykettle,^ — 

»ow Vm read}r. — Where's the cliange, Molly, 

|«f tiut half-crown I gave you ? — good night » 

darling : has your mother any more of you 

?— faith, I*m a bachelor now/' and he re* 

his place. 
Bot his thoughts now took a higher flight ; 
li&dwiches had vanquished hunger, and the 
ly and water, whilst it eflected a short 
with thirst in its ordinary sense, had 
[AQted the thirat for fame. '* Then there will 
ny lord and hta speeches/' continued he, 
above the common considerations of 
ftunn; * Higgins/ he'll say, 'just go and 
hd oat what that d — d Church Temporalities 
^ ii about, will you, like a good fellow, and 
■^^w* back and take pot luck with us.* Maybe, 
^ ton'i know what that means ; a nod 's as 
t good ai 1 wink to a blind horse, any day in the 



(jlorious. Pious, and Immo 
Fjoyiie ^^'ate^, and the B 
Protestant ABcendancy, anc 
ments, that they have at t 
the corporation dinnen ; — i 
be when he gets up on th 
lords and gentlemen,' and 
that he's got off by hearty 
and I in the gallery all 
to my own words, — ^that 11 
the next day, and aU the d 
ing out 'Content, contei 
he '11 send me down to be 
der do the proxies sit amoi 
and wear robes like the 
would'nt wear the ooronel 



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303 



titer 



wjtttf'i as tofk sks wax, when he's been taking 
a big dnnk, God bless him 1) — might get a 
Wfd into his ear, — ornament to his profession — 
oriit to his country, — sure, there*8 many a 
•one man — ould Cuff the innkeeper, at Dun- 
«l*igblin, got it eaay enough* * Sir Peter 
H^n» — Sir Peter and lady Higgins' carriage 
itopi the way — ^Sir Pet — " — Waking dreams 
ut cheap and pleasant amusements, but out of 
m the night time. — Hot brandy and 
in a mail coach is a potent sedative ; 
t^mnt for the cliivalrous honors of medi- 
toon forgot his coming glories in sleep. 
Afer m hour or two of repose^ he found him- 
^iishe supposed, reading a book, which he 
^ not understand or remember, which in* 
^ct dozing neTertheless had to do duty for 
^ until be awakened, feeling, as he expressed 
^*«ielf, for all the world as hot and as greasy 
Haqcw laid egg dipped in butter, in what he 
•ppoicd was London. It would be difficult 
it was not. for no farther 



fay 



say 



[ley Street, the 



THE TNCLE, 



305 



CHAPTER XVIL 



Thb naptuds of Henry and Arabella were 
delayed one moment longer than was ab- 
ly necessary ; if the course of true love 
"d aot run exactly smooth at first, it made up 
^ it at Ifist by ruuniug uncommonly fast ; for 
iiKQediately aflcr the gcene that the three ladies 
^JtotiBed from the window, Mr. Johnson re- 
^^ to the house, leaving the lovers to talk 
^ tlieir coming happiness as personages in 
«* itaie of mind are apt to do, without in 
*• kilt reflecting upon the possibility of the 
"^kteit namentB of their existence being actu- 




306 



hardness; ORt 



ally present ; and, upon entering the drai 
room, abruptly, if not sternly^ put down tbaj 
slightest attempt at remonstrance, informed 
wife and daughter, in a manner that they undi 
stood a great deal too well to think of offering 
any further resistance or remonstrance, that be 
would allow no farther difference of opinion 
upon the matter ; that the son-in-law of ^*f 
choice must be received as was right and fittii^ 
in hit house ; that no black looks or disagreeably 
observations were to be allowed, and what 
most important of all, that there was to be no 
going up to London till the wedding was owt 
This accelerated matters wonderfully j it was W 
London that both Mrs. and Miss Johnson looked 
for their coming triumphs. At Kensworth 
they could not, even by the power of moc^yj 
raise themselves much above the position of M^* 
James Johnson, of Daffodil Lodge ; but in Lon- 
don they expected to break out into a blaze of 
importance that should dazzle the town ; tbe(«» 
their former history and humble origin unknown. 



THE t ycLE, 



80? 



^ wm, as Mn, Johnson tenned it> " to hare 

At vortL of their money.'* Everybody accord- 

^ij exerted themselTes to get the marriage 

**»if won as possible. The very next Sunday 

Imi die banns published in due form, for the 

'nt ^ime of asking. Settlements did not take 

'^^ia making where there was little or nothing 

^ settle. Henry did not take the trouble of 

^liing to hia uncle, for be knew that it would 

been no nse, to say nothing of its probably 

the old peer still mare. Indeed, having 

misgivitigs as to bow the information would 

W receired by his own family, he decided upon 

them End out that he was a Benedict by 

of the newspapers. There was no delay 

building the carriage that ought in the re* 

W^ coarse of things to have whirled the happy 

^ iwty for the honey-moon, for the reason that 

^ chemb assigned for declining King Dago* 

^*i bvitatton to sit down, — *^ il n'y avait pas 

^ ^ttoi,** there was no carriage to be built ; a 

"^^Qiul Sunday brought a second step in the 



they had been overwhel 
so entirely did white 
windows ; the bridemaid 
terious, and whisper am 
became, as they always d 
their tantalising ofiSce, 
humanity, cut off from t 
Uke Mahomet's coffin I 
earth : — they got ancomfl 
Thursday, it was getting w 
as the Irishman said of a 
saw- pit ; somehow or other 
in the house opened at tl 
lemnisation of Matrimony, 
peeping at it — if it bad soi 
were not inclined to criti< 
taking the subject in a con 



THE UNCLE. 



309 



bopelenly oat of their minds on Saturdaj, that 
tbtjwere not fit even to be trusted with the 

Once again the sabbath -day came round, — the 

^ of rest and recruitment of mind and body 

^ tiuMe who toil and are heavily laden, the 

Wf tbit the saints would so willingly make a 

•y of penance and gloom^ — and brought to the 

M people of Kensworth its weekly relaxation, 

*^ dein faces and shorn chins> its best clothes 

^ Gght hearts, and with the rest that interest- 

*>% aanottiicement that closes with the unmis- 

"^htble formula, "This is the third and last 

'^e of asking/* So it was; and if anybody 

*^ wished for another, the worthy family of 

^«hiion effectually provided agaiust the gratifi- 

of SDch an unreasonable desire. Time 

for no one« and the London season was 

away amicably with the gentleman with 

^ ttjdi« and hoar-glass ; Jane was advancing 

^*^ frightfal rapidity, and the morning of 

^^oodaj law the knot tied, — ^it was a quickish 

ntber. 





cake, Idsses, 
dQ the okher eiemente of « 
ctmUid r pronBed to frmt, bat no^ 
rf W9ter WM osteDtati> 
IB die ▼eaUVt ready 
Hie happry coupl 
the honey^moon, in 
ibey huA neret been in 
were likely to be in again, as 
ikeff Mgbl nwifwtly wad regqhrly to have done; 
but Mr. and Mis» Jobnson, Mias JobnaoDr oad 
Mr. WelHngton JobiMQib tBaooaias tbeceninoDf 



THE rKCLB. 



311 



over, and the breakfast to correspond dis- 

pw«i of— for the happy pair are presumed to 

han been too much agitated to eat any break- 

fe at the regular titue, and consequently to 

wame romciou&Iy hungry during the ceremony, 

od to make up for lost time by eating ravenously 

then il'g all oTer and their minds easy — ap- 

P>W«d with their loins girt for travel, and 

^i^ previously kissed the bride seriatim, 

tdten bands with the bridegroom, and taken 

I* lomewhat condescending farewell of their 

ibotttB, stowed themselvesf their goods and 

md due provision for the road, in a 

^ge lunbcTing patriarchal second-hand landau, 

tiai they had recently purchased at the pro- 

^yoBol metropolis, and rolled away half absorbed 

ta4c present, half engrossed with the future, 

^ the direction of London, where they had 

*^CQrod a first-rate mansion, in a highly fashion- 

^ itreett as their house-agent informed them^ 

^jobiog oDe of the principal squares, — namely 

^w Street. They left the newly-married 

^^^ id the tmdisturbed pofiseasion of DaHbdil 




iiryssas: ex. the itxcle. 



*^»~jj:ii Tarrr hid the best of it ? — eadi 

MfT 'mu' :bfc»c!ve5- so it was all right 

-:>> c'ij-xi lie b?:ise was clear, the lawn 

- - iCi?! rs :2s:iil rrinqoillitr, Henry and 

Tf-£r^ *l::>,j: ^^retber in the drawing- 

T tiii rccsiierire vigilance of their 

:^ ::^^ i: ;izr!easant to stir out, — 

L r^ fiirly sec in. There 

c SIT ui^ i: changes fearfbUy 

-;-> : .:.: ;--:!usive moon, that 

- - - -1 ::. -iifLiii-; ; but those 




HARDNESS; 



OB, 



THE UNCLE, 



HARDNESS; 



OK, 



THE UNCLE. 



IN THREE VOLUMES. 
VOL. 11. 



LONDON: 
SAUNDEB8 AND OTLET, CONDUIT STREET. 
1841. 



LONDON! 



HARDNESS; 



THE UNCLE. 



CHAPTER I. 



ic agilnting events of the morning, and the 
of the hour at which they had set forth 
thdr long looked forward to pilgrimage 
to the metropolis, prevented oor friends the 
JatutmmB mnkiiig any very long journey that 
dsT ; and accordingly about six o'clock in the 
efettiof, they drorc np to the door of tlie ^' Goat 
and C c wnp m oi /^ at Macclestonc, a well known 
mad tntMck A^eqitented inn in the times before 



^v^ic I lie riood i 
o" tlic sign of A 
lerwise irreconc 
i instrument ab< 
i^es rather to t 
iding^oflTereda] 
the "God enc 
itana considered 
to for a house 

^OTse, in the t 
mple of officers 
t the inn door, 
Qza with intens< 

appearance wit] 
third, evidently 
tiana who pride 



TBE UNCLE. 



of tbe Eigliteeiith Light Dragoons, 

Ittd halted for the night at Macclestone. 

If drorc the carriage, and out poured the 

>Wtn ; their ready hands had opened the door 

Jet dawn the stefMy kng before the youth 

!tht buttons had succeeded in swinging him* 

dovn {jroni his unwonted elevation. Mrs. 

descended first, with ail the conscious 

of tbe sitter behind four post hurses^ 

first time in her Ufe^ regular post horses 

Myt ooftch horses. ** Have you apartments 

OS ?" asked she, with an im* 

If as if she had been acuss- 

to t^t sort of thing all her days. 

¥01^ my lady/' answered the dapper waiter^ 

the bdty aniled benignantly ; £or the first 

tin her eiistciiGewas the delicious dissyllable 

to her : — ^it must be the splendour of 

J, she was getting into her proper 

m m the world, people were beginning to find 

out, they recognised her quality at sight, — 

I the aaihid graciously into the house. The 

b2 



tk 



accoounodate 



o», 



in which the partr 
to a respectable tannt 
Wnogh, vbo being the mayc 
om the golden occasion, pi 
that something 
wmited the inflic 
firom his loval 
m Geerge the Fourth ; tl 
dtiTen to madness, tnmi 
ipon his pereecntors bj 
i of thenij among wbomj 
whoae ladv immediate^ 
iHHiBi vfMi hdMrag m cmoige, for the support 
of tkar mew dignitr. It vas soon, howerer, 
iMid thai their new digmty would not return 
tl» rwBgiiiMrD t and support the carriage, so it 
VIS aoH Hid the q[iik^ ere of the waiter 
had inslxiictmlf caught the open helmet ost^ia • 
tatiottshr blaaoned cm the arms. Mr. JohDS»^ 
Iblkrwed, haring been with some difficulty fH^^ 
rented by Arabella, from loading himself ^*^ 
bags, bottles, boxes, baskets^ and oth^ 




TQE UNCLE. Q 

ibiinoes, integral parts of lady travellers^ 
rliich were littered about the carriage by way 
|Qf comforts. "Do, pa, let the sen'anta take 
thingv oat ;*' remonstrated she, and the 
mim ob^ed, caat a furtive glance at the 
•his own carriage — and ran into the 
if he were ashamed of himself. The 
Arabella followed, murmunng to herself 
probably of herself, 

** Gnoe wns in all her step«, hesven In her eye, 
Is rrcry gesture dignity and love." 

As she passed the two military Adonises, she 
ly raised her eyes, gave them a glance 
OQght to have pierced through their cavalry 
and then looked with a sweet bashful- 
on the ground. The dragoons looked sig- 
itly at one another, but another claim 
thw attention was preferred forthwith ; 
Mr, Wellington Johnson brought up the 
v^, already the warlike instinct of military 
iplmc was stirring in his soul, and justly 



martial courtesy, by nrifdi 


travelling cap, which he ha 


proximated as much as poa 


to the forage cap preaoribei 


regulations for the dreaa i 


elder of the officers gravely i 


" Hollo, what's the meani 


the yoimger, ** Who is joia 


'* That young gentle m an,'* 


captain, one of those humou: 


a good deal of sport with the i 


1 gravity ; '* that young geniloi 


Johnny raw, who has just gc 


but has not joined yet ; poo 


young bear, all his troubles 


he's mounted a regimental 


already, and something like i 




TUB UNCLE. 7 

elie to do to-niglit, in this infernal 

^H '* We can manage to make him drank^ I dare 
msf, if yon think it irorth while/' answered the 
cm{iitmiu, in a melancholy tone ; " but he does 
not look likely to show much sport ; he's been 
tied to hb mammy's apron-string ail his life, I 
un we Oimt.'' 

^P *" So much the better/' said the other subal- 
tern, lietit. Moonlight, a round, chubby, red- 
, Uke an animated Bacchus jutt 
from a beer barrel, who returned 
bii moment ^m visiting the billets^ " those 
Jul the fdlows that do show sport when 
1^ break out* I'm ashamed of you. Rock, I 
teifhtyou were a better judge; why, man, they 
^'Wble and wallop about, like so many young 
l^BBpoacs. How are we to get at him V* 

"Why,** said Rock, musingly, he was a mau 

^i^^^lntistible resource in matters of mischief, 

^^^ tt nothing in the world else to do to- 

"w, io this infernal hole ; if he has got his 



AmC 



HARDNESS; OB^ 



ooinmission, we might ask him to dinner, it 
would be a brotherly sort of thing to do, TCMl 
know^ by a fellow aoldler, and a pretty eomp1s« 
ment to his regiment ; don't you think so V* 

" Yes, by Jove, that's the ticket ! — Capmia 
RodK, and the officers of the 18th Ldght Dra- 
goons." 

" ThatTl do capitally," said Starlight eagerly. 
''Where's that orderly of yours?" 

"Why," repHed thecaptwn languidly, "he*! 
be back here in a moment, I just sent him 
buy some packthread. I was thinking of tying] 
all the knockers to one another, across the streetj 
the up mail passes through at twelve, it striki 
me it might make a sensation^" 

"Well, we can do that too; we shall 
polished the fellow off by nine* Ah, hcre'i 
Thompson/' 

** Find out who these people are that 
just come," said the captain, as he recei%'ed a 
dozen baUs of twine, each as large as a good> 
sixed turnip, from the soldier, " look aha 



THE UNCLE. 9 

" Yes, sir/' 

'* And find out if that young gentkmmn is 

in any regiment," added Moonlight. 
"Yes, sir." 
In a few minutes the dragoon returned^ 

, haying extracted from the page, the informatioii 
that the youth in question was the hi^pj holder 
of a commission in the 100th Regiment of Foot. 
** Well, we must write, and ask him to din- 
ner/' said the officer commanding the troops 
in Macclestone, " 1 don't think either of you 
could manage it; Billy has some idea of spel- 
ling, he writes all the courtsmartiaL Here, you 
Billy, come here, we've got a literary job for 
yoa : leave off that cruelty to animals, and come 
here, will you ? we want you to write an— con- 
found you, sir, don't throw stones at your supe- 
rior officers. D — ^n him, he's got the range now, 
he'll bit us next time," as he sheltered himself 
behind one of the columns of the porch, 
'* there, thank God, goes a pane smashed ; you 
shall pay for that yourself, my boy; I'll be 
B 3 



THE UHrCLE. 



11 



that she was beginiung at the wrong end ; 

hoit was staring at her as if she was asking 

fitf a saddle of cameleopard, or a sirloin of alii- 

% and her spouse^ growing somewhat impa- 

of her absurd proceedings, hastily inter- 

and had just disposed of tlie question by 

a roast leg of mutton, boiled fowls and 

kc, the standard supplies of a country 

when a thundering thump at the door 

ttide them all start to their feet, and a cunouH 

i^mmcn of that anomalous branch of the Bri- 

tJiK terrice, a li^ht dragoon, measuring six feet 

t»o, ind weighing fourteen stone^ entered the 

fvmif and, striding grimly up to Wellingtiiti, 

pTttCtited him a note with a most appalling 

■tate, before whose intense ferocity the stout- 

^kti| might have quailed. It was not with- 

^ 1 flutter of conscious vanity, that that 

youth perused the direction : — 

« O. H. M. S. 

« Ens. JOHNSON, 
" 100th Regt. 

" Macclestone/' 



BAmOSUS; OR 

Tlie eOBtents vere still mare graHfying : 

" Ctf/L BodL^ and the officers of tbe II 
Liglit IhvgooiiSy present thdr oomplimcots 
Ektt. Jdhnion, of the 100th, and request 
plnsore of his eompaDT to dinner this dtf, 
stPTcn o'clock." 

Here wms n compliment, here was an honour] 
to be alrcadj so eagerly welcomed by his 
ren in anas, caralrr officers, too, the 
ensi^ has alwajs a lurking veneration for 
ufi^ed eomet. The insidious epistle 
dnlj answered, the unconscious Tictim 
ceeded to adorn himself for the sacriiice, 
drrmmiTig of the libations with which the 

Mars is honoured ; but, alas, when will hi 
happiness be perfect, when shall we be able 
cease bewailing — 



Modsi in tODit leporoin 



" If I had but mr uniform,^* sadly thoi 
the Touth to himself, us he mounted the 




THE UNCLE. 13 

to dress; and deeper sighs have been heaved 
for leas causes. 

:|e # 4c >|e 4c 

The dragoons received their guest with the 
most flattering urbanity ; their party consisted 
of the four already mentioned, and a recently 
caught comet, who had been lying on the sofa, 
ever since they had marched on that morning. 
Bis name was Martin, but his comrades were ge- 
nerally good enough to treat him to a prefix, and 
call bim Day and Martin, in consequence of the 
intense devotion with which he worshipped his 
boots. The six sat down forthwith to dinner, 
and it soon became apparent that the 18th Light 
I>ragoons had about as green a subject to deal 
witb as ever delighted the heart of a quizzer 
There was some salmon, which enabled them to 
cram a glass of brandy down his throat ; and, 
by a judicious admixture of bottled porter, 
sherry, which gave the mouth a tolerable idea 
of the actual cautery, cider cup, to cool it again, 
champagne, and that most delusive of all liquors, 
Burton ale, they very soon produced the desired 



the poor youngstei^aey. 
»ome good advice touch 

" You must get at 
want for your outat/' sal 

pay for all at starting, au^ 
and a canteen, and a i 

meerschaum pipe, and pis^ 
a &un, and a fishing-ro^ 
dozen pair of gloves, and i 
J^ou dare, and a box of i 

every fa^t fellow joins with 

calls ft all outfit." 

"Outfit?" repeated youn 
himself of the pronunciad 
henaive noun. j 

"Yes, outfit; that's the] 



THE UNCLE. 15 

^jou do not want any one of these things, 

^ffl fact they're infernal nuisances every time 

y^ march ; so you can sell them by degrees, 

^ 90 you ought to be able to get on upon 

Fotsr outfit, for the nert three or four years, if 

^ey let the uniforms alone so long without 

^^Wging, which I don't suppose they will ; 

however'' — 

** Pray," interrupted the tyro, " do officers 
^ to parties in London, in their uniforms V 
**No," replied his Mentor, "not in London/' 
'' Except the officer who is on guard at New- 
gate," observed de Burgh. 

'' Yes, I forgot him,'' said Rock ; " the officer 

^^ guard at Newgate of course, always wears 

^ miiform, except when he dines or drinks tea 

^th, the governor or the sheriff's ; for, excepting 

^POQ these occasions when they are responsible, 

^ any of the prisoners escape, he is bound to 

P^nrsiie and catch them immediately, and he 

^'^'^t not have time to go home and dress ; 

^^ hy the bye, talking of going to parties, do 

y^ know many people in London ?" 



16 



hardness; OKf 



" Why I have not been there yet (Atceajp) 
but I believe my father knows some ; there's 
Mr, Martin, and Mr. Peunycatcher, my imcle'ii 
solicitors, and iir. Hampden Smith, our county 
member. But won't the resident gentry oome 
and call upon us when we arrive in the ueif^h- 
bourhood V^ 

" Why, I'm afraid not,^' said Rock, with % 
smile of peculiar meaning; *' people are not so 
very attentive to new comers in London- Whal 
street do you hve in ?" 

" Baker- street ; is not that a tip -top street ?**' 

" Baker-street !" said de Burgh, in uncon- 
trollable surprise. 

" Hold your tongue, and pass the wine, 
Billy," said Moonlight, with an indescribable 
wink ; for he saw a light twinkle in Rock^s eye, 
and guessed it was not for nothing. 

" Baker-street l^' repeated the captain^ 
thoughtfuUy, — " hem — ^yea, it is a capital street^ 
one of the best in London for a new comer ; it 
is so long, that you make a large acquaintance 



THE UNCLE. 



17 



it once. Ill tell you what you must do^ you 
most go up and down the street^ two or three 
d»T» after your arrival, and leave your cards at 
■0 the houses^ that is, except those that are to 
Ist; that's the proper thing to do^ if you wish to 
fire in the great world in Londou/' 

" To be sore we do," said Wellington, " must 
we all go V {Hiccup.) 
" Yea, all/ in person," 

" Might not they include Portman-squarc," 
■■■iilmtrlj suggested Moonlight. 

" Do you think so V said Rock, still more 
tlwRightfully, like one who was deahng with a 
JMicult probleoi, " I should hardly imagine that 
to be the thing now, I should say certainly not, 
tlie aquarcs sometinies do call upon the streets 
ntn out of them, but the streets must 
ooine into the squares ; they are very fine 
on account of their having no op- 
poaiie neighboura that can look in at the win- 
and see the children eating with their 
I, or the miatress quarrelling with the 



18 



hardness; oe. 



cookj or the young ladies with their hai-** 
papers and their faces dirty, or the maid waii 
at dinner. Squares are always in review order- 

" I suppose we had better take a house m 
square next year,*^ said the youthful beix^^ 
swelling with euterprize and curious old cruite^^ 
port* 

"To be sure you had," said de Burgh, ^'and 
you must have your name put down at all the 
clubs, you may get in at some one or other of | 
them, if you are lucky, you must have a c»b] 
too." 

" Pray," asked the embrj-o man about town,] 
though with some little hesitation, " could 
give me the address of a good driving masterf j 

" Go to Tilbury or Elmore, they'll find 
somebody will teach you to handle tlie ribbont^ 
in prime style. Can you ride ?" 

"To be sure I (fikcttp) can," returned the 
young fashionable hastily, he was somewhat 
nettled at the offensive imputation. There's 
not a grocer's apprentice in England that could 





19 

jdmit titat k could not ride. " Of course I can, 
fVr Gften been on horseback/' (Hiccup.) • 
*' ireli, take it coolly, man/' said Moonlight^ 
mptr ^our glass, well have a song. 

** Wc vtm*t fo home till morning, 
We woo*t go home til] monung , 
We won't go Lome till manung;, 

im dajUghi do«s ippeu-." 

" Till daylight does appear/' chimed in Bock 
m m full deep %'oice, a laughing devil in his eye. 

"Till daylight does appear/' Lablached 
Starhght, with a deafening roar that split the 



*' We won't go home till morning/' Rubinicd 
liiiiTij with an affecting aqueak that pierced 
die heart. 
^We won't go home till morning/' hiccupped 
delighted with the manly amu»e- 
of the army, and indeed utterly incapa- 
ble of pm^ home or any where ebe at the 



r 



We won't go home till moming, till t^**- 
light does appear/* thundered out the sii ' 
chorus, and then applauded themselves ve^ 
cordially, 
m^ " Then as you are fond of riding, you knt™- ^. 
you must ride in the park," said dc Burgh, aiwf-^" 
then, turning to Moonlight, said in a whisper, 
" a pound he*a told out in four minutes/* 

*' Done,*' said the other, and took out hia 
watch, 

" So I will (hiccup), every day, among the 
athis — artia — aris — tocracy.'' 

*^Well, help yourself and pass the wine. 
Why what ails you man, take another coup 
out of that bottle before Starlight geta it, or 
you'll never see it again." 

The Captain's prophecy fulfilled itself, the 
youth never did see it again : for he took the 
coup as he was desired; and it proved the coup 
de grace j a haze overspread his eyes, the can* 
dies, varying every moment in number, swung 
backwards and forwards with an unaccountable 



I 




THE tNCLE, 



21 



^''ohim^ a cataract seemed pouring into each 

•r, he wnk from bis chM to the ground, and 

tie last thing he felt was the floor shifting 

««*» iiiin, be made a desperate effort to hold 

m^ lad lott all consciousneaa. 

"What, dropped off his perch already !" said 
*^f filling bia glaaa. 

"let," replied Starlight, "he's told out, 
^'IJ Uke wmc aeasoning yet, he'll do though." 
He frill," said Rock ; " he's neither quarrel- 
aor troablesome when he^s screwed; 
s the nmldng of a good fellow in him." 
" What shall we do with him now ?" asked 
Bugh ; " he'a no whiskers, h as he ?" 
"Not a hair* confound him ; we can neither 
*' - '• oor aingc him/' 

**1 aay, youngster," said the Captain, "liave 
JH got way of that French chalk of yours 

" To be sure he has,*' said Moonlight, who, 
bang of a thoughtful and considerate turn of 
fldod, was oooUy occupied in taking ofi' the |>oor 



^^^^l would he g, 

" Then go and 

ok decent,'' aai, 

nioutinthene: 



* ♦ 



^^en o'clock c 
• •waited impa 
^^^ and the a^ 
*°»eat Thefl, 
Ween of him < 
"ioonnteiing th 
^J^aflectionai 
»i»owthcyha 
■on and the 1( 
dthanki, and j 




THB UNCLE. M 

HaJ/juut eleven came, and stiD no appearance of 
lier roung hero. She inBtituted an inquiry now 
•0100^ the waiters ; all that ahe could learn was 
Utt the officers had sallied forth an hour ago, 
»itii an enormous quantity' of packthread, but 
I whether ker son was with them or not, no man 
I amid tell, and the head waiter did not hesitate 
I Ui intiatate an opinion that he would be better 
I It hme. Suddenly the maid rushed into the 
L loom irith a countenance expressive of the ut- 
^pMtdtiiiiay. 

" Lor, ma'am/' shrieked she, " if there isn't 
* dead body laid out in the back parlour l" 

' A dead body I'* screamed Mrs. Johnson, 

v^ like all rulgar people had a superstitious 

of a corpse^ probably because it can do no 

*' A dead body ! Oh Lord, oh Lord, 

vfiat ibaO we do ! i^cmini crimini, I positively 

viU not sleep with it/' 

** Nobody asked you, my dear," interposed 



'In the house withit^ I mean ; how can you 
be to TwfeeHng, Mr. Johnson ?" 



BAmoirKas; am. 



* I ssw it, ms'sm, as I pttsed the room/ 
tered the naid; ''tlie door wbs half open, 
Acre vfre It^di cm the table^ there it was I; 
ftrefa&ed ooft; the Lord hane merer on ii% 
think of socfa a thing, I shall oertainly go 
(^ — 1» ■■■■-■-*> 

In ^tte of all their horror and alarm^ n 
tkdeas, Mrs. Johnson thought she would like 
hci^a peep at the corpse. Miss Johnson thi 
so too, she nerer had seen one in her life ; 
maid dared not he left hehind in the si 
room, and she then crept cautiously down stain. 
Tbej reached the dreaded room in safety, an! 
rather felt rejoiced in their courage, when 
arrived there. There was something to be 
anything for a sensation; there were the ligb 
gleaming through the half-opened door, and 
they peeped timidly in, there sure enough la; 
the ghastly object of their superstitious dreiwL 
stretched upon a table, swathed in a sun-whit<^ 
shroud ; his head bound up in a white cldth,^ 
aud raised upon the hearth-nig done up in a roU, 



TSS UNCLE. 



25 



ha binds folded over his chest ; with a piate of 
«»lt apou his hreastj and candles at his head 
uhi feet, his face was of a fearfiil whiteuesia, 
tod a reasoning person might entertain sad 
witgmngs, as to the extent of the posthumous 
ttiifortanes of the deceased; for it seemed as 
U»e ffurit ttill hovered about the clay, and 
declined returning to the place^ whi- 
cockcrow diamisses disembodied spirits^ one 
moment before it was absolutely ueces- 
mrf; for scarcely bad the startled three, deriving 
from desperation, fairly opened the door, 
it began in a tremulous, and somewliat in- 
tone, of unearthly melody, to chant — 



•• We won't go home till morning; 

We mxm*t go hotiw dll moruliig ; 

W« woo't fo borne till moratng ; 

Till d«y.li«ht doe* tppear ." 



Tlie Udies ^tered, it was very horrible, it 
be a very unpleasant home, that the ghost 
nfl/ ffo home to till morning, there seemed 

TOJ I c 



«6 



HAIIDN£S8 : ORj 



to be more of tliem too, for it did not saj, /i! 
said w€ ; there were other spirits in the 
at this crisis, the restleas corpse »at sud< 
upright; and renewed its song of horror, 
H deep, sepulchral under tone. The 
of salt rolled off, and took the direction of 
door; the curious \isitants made an ii 
taneous bolt, with an outburst of screeching; 
that might really almost have awakened the 
dead. Landlorrls, waiters, and chambermai( 
hurried to the scene of ghostly action ; 
Mr. Johnson of the Hundredth Regiment of 
Foot, having been disengaged from the table 
cloth that enveloped his person, and the nap- 
kins that bound his head, and having had the 
chalk washed off his face, which turned out to 
be uncommonly red and flushed, was put to 
bed successfully, and it is to be hoped be slept 
well. This was not the only incident that made 
that night hideous in Macclestone. In the dead 
of night, the peaceful inhabitants were ronaed 
from their slumbers, by a phenomenon tlutt 



THE UNCLE. 



brought sounda of alarm and terror to every 

ttan's door ; the up mail entered the town to all 

tapearance^ under a sharp fire of skirmishers^ 

far by some unacconntable agency, every 

faiocker in the street clattered as it passed. 



c 2 




"Well, doctoi 

^7 after that n 

London; "nowtl 

matters, we reaUy 

done with that sc 

question his remain 

a beggar would ne 

shipping him off tc 

"Faith, and an e 

lord, and we'd have 



U~^ a1 



fiilDNBSS; OR, THE IXCLfi. 29 

f Do jou know what you are talking 

Initeed, not much my lord, till I know 
itytMif lordship meanjs to have Mr, Henry 

for." 
**Why, sip,** said the earl, in a voice of thun- 
do you suppose I want to have my own 
)hcw transported f" 

" Tfic divil a foot he'll stir to go to Botany 

if of his own free will, my lord ; sure you 

lifht ss well try and move the Hill of Howth. 

i*t he sell his troop, without as much as 

yotir lordship's leave ? faith he'd mind 

dog nor divil after that," said the 

ly doctor, to whom, his last and final act 

rebellion being as yet unknown, Henry's 

mdifference about his uncle, appeared the 

of bumau audacity. 
Certainly," said the earl, "they promise 
% those Australian colonies, but I cannot 
Jieip tiiinking that there is something of a pi- 
character about them." 




. and stick cvt 
We might ge 
rved his lords!, 
lelf, than holdi 
on ; " in the se. 
ces, he might n 
Is your lordsl. 
^ns, still harpi 
; "that Mr. I 
utto India?" 
He must go/' r 
:ly. *' Doctor, ; 
it some of thos 
panies, and Swi 



THE UNCtE. 



81 



of ttai, m engage, imrnediately, if not 
imma,** brukly returned the doctor, heartily 
gU ditt the mterview was over, and exceedingly 
psnJed hy the nature of his patron's resent- 
■Mt against Henry, for, under all the circum- 
iteeeif it Appeared to him that the most natu- 
»l thing for the earl to do, would simply have 
htto, to Mt his nephew up iu the world again, 
Ml operatian which would have cost him exactly 
tiictitRible (and nothing more) of subscrihinic 
" inoisiiiorc/' to a cheque for whatever number 
of thousands his digestion of his previous day^s 
^er left him inclined to apply to that pur- 
pose; for the doctor knew that out of a rental 
<if over thirty-five thousand a year, in no single 
jmt was twenty expended, the rest having gone 
ivjeaft into the funds, and^ as he conjectured, 
assoonting by this time to a sum approaching 
lialf a millicm ; and the doctor had not as yet 
that the larger a man's income is, the 
V in direct proportion, is his intolerance 
oi thoise who fail in the attempt to live upon a 





P, BAB1»HSS8; OB, 

nnml] one« Howerer, to kave ventured on 
mm^gestixm, might have cost him hii 
thmt would never do ; Henry , for whom ind 
he entertained no very lively regard, inasmuc 
as the gay and thoughtless joung dragoon 
never treated him with any particular respect 
or, indeed, regarded him in any other light thao 
a sort of nppCT senrant, might go to the anti- 
podes and welcome, before any such a cata- 
strophe could be risked ; and he set forth to 
make the inquiries that had formerly been in- 
trusted to Dunlara. 

As he left the room, he encountered a ser- 
vant ushering through the passage a HjA 
fiiEsb-£aced, heavy-looking man, dressed io ^ 
brovn great coat, and drab trousers, though i^ 
was June; a striped neckck>th, and buckskin 
gloves, with a sboddng bad hat. 

" If 8 the butcher," thought he; " what can 
he want with my lord? (aloud) John, his lordship 
has directed that all the tradesmen should be 
referred to me»" 



THE UNCLE. 33 

" Voy well, lir, Pll take care they are/' pe- 

tamed the man, as he opened the earFs door, 

•iwf. to Higgins' horror, announced the suspi- 

ooos TMitor : 

*' Lord Mudacre, my lord/' 

'' Murder,** thought the doctor, *' and me to 

ti^e him for the butcher ! may be he didn't 

■otke it; any how he knows Fm right hand 

man hertf and that^s a comfort ; he'll be dining 

here some of these days I'll go bail, I'll pacify 

him then. I must see about my lord's business 

Dov ; I hould as many offices as the duke did at 

ClnMtintts. I'm prime minister and home secre- 

t»ry, and foreign secretary, faiths and I'm 

nplrwiiiil secretary now." 

Alter the first courtesies had passed between 
the two noble peers, and they were established 
m their sereral arm*chairs. Lord Mudacrt^ 
lits busixieaa, which was no less than a 
of Kary de Burgh in marriage for his 
only mm^ Lord Cubtown, who, to his great de 
li^ht, had at last been induced to withstand the 
c 3 



IHMllul.s. ;in,i til 

!r.> j.ua;) lutiuii t\ 
'uly. He Iia;l bee 
, had dauccd with 
te disgust, was < 
? increased allows 
•athcr apprclieiisi 
had promised hii 
iig properly, and 

to his delighted 
liced to Moll Bin 
liuiself. He had 

consult the youi 
wouldn't be bothe 

might take that 
idacre was hi^rhl^ 



THE UNCLE* 



35 



eoonexians among the high nobility as far as 
poMtble. HiA history was a strange one. Forty 
jvmn before, he had been a vagabond boy, the 
maa of a private soldier^ who had left him to the 
of Providence in England while he pro- 
on service to America, on his passage 
from whence he died, and was buried at 
•ett. Tbe orphan youth picked up his bread bs 
be best ocmld^ by ninning messages, doing odd 
job*, flee., ftc.; and was mainly supported by a 
dhantabie butcher in Ipswich at the time that 
tbe tbcn Earl ofMndacre, (the last as it was sup- 
,) slept with his fathers, and the title be- 
e extinct. The name the boy bore, Walters, 
tbe Mune as that of the deceased nobleman, 
certmia traditionary accounts of the former 
of his family, which he had received 
bis grandmother, and in which he took 
pride, had attracted the notice of a neigh- 
bouring lady, the wife of an eminent convey- 
matr, m gentleman who, having been concerned 
in eorae law businesi for the late ear], had oh- 



l:II 




'■■'"•(fs, and who},, 

'^liere or other, t 

^n» lady decid 

boy, who had al* 

*o »«k indfl&tiga 
The tncbg hide 
*®»ltandtediou 

tombstone record© 
"""^g^get, entaOs 
aoooAued hum o 

methodiwdandditt 

*«l>niii»fortmw.,t 
Sonentian. «.__ 



THE 0NCLE. 



97 



oliMbf tlie friendless orphan restored to the 

lifa ftsd estates of his ancestors^ havings in the 

■w«D lime, taken the pi'ecaution of marrying^ 

fcoD to her daughter. Lord Mudacre's anxiety 

tikat bis 80U should marry into a noble family, as 

^ tt his horror of his espousing a tradesman's 

^ittgliter, may be easily understood; and Lord 

iioiiinore's secret wish to see Mary a peereaii 

^gether with his habit of troubling his head 

^ little about the feelings of others, induced 

'lun without much oonaidcration, to accept Lord 

fM offer, the more so, as be had never 

Lord Cnbtown; he had very little hesita- 

^to m promising her hand, never dreaming 

tlwt the gentle girl would thinJc of opposing 

Minriflhes; and the two noble earls parted, each 

i^ly pleased Mrith their interview, and neither 

doubting in the least but that the matter was 

M^i^ctohly arranged. 

rl # * * 4c 

Mary/' said his lordship, as she attended 
his atmuiiroiui, ** I have been extremely gratified 




the eligibiJitj, of 

"*■■«* ptaawsB 

^*e asking 

**«•*«» •heroine w 

**»«»tlttB did JU 



THE PNCLE. 



w 



to «peakj a!^d failingi bunt into a 
flood of mn. 

Wby what io the world is the matter now," 
ad^Ixvni Innismare, impatiently ; " what^s all 
^ tbout ; can't you think of a husband with- 
*w* <Jning your eyes out ?'' 

* Dear uncle," sobbed Mary, " pray do not 
«t Uk^ ^th me, I cannot marry that odious 
^^ Cubtown, besides — I wanted t^^ apeak to 
ywi ibout it, hut I really was afraid till Lady 
*^^^y came — I meant to bare got her to tell 
^"""^ fact is — last idght I promi»ed to 
■wyMr. Wayerton.^' 

* I'll be d d if you shall/' returned the 

'•'li "1 tell you 1'tc promised you to tiord 

Muiiscrt; it h high time that you should he 

•*«« tiiat an affair of such importance as the 

Miu^ of the only voting lady of my name 

and bkiody is not to be left to the caprice of a 

kfft^mdk miss of eighteen ; those are matters 

riuif belong to the bead of the family. As for 

tliat Waverton, he is a confounded pup[)y, he 




• " "finer he ei 
'•".::u-d you s.hall 

"«ke»P jDurn 
^^pleafyaf ti 



*■« w» many a 




TBI U5CL£. 



41 



eyes, and get readj to go out with Lady 
jly, nhe*\[ be here by and by. 

m ^ * * ^ 

My dear Mary, what can be the matter 
with yon/' said Lady Looaelyi as Mary, her 
pakty her eyes red with weepings and 
•^vi€?iiliy tn a state of the most intease agita- 
''''^♦ecd herself in the carriage by her side. 

: has happened? Why you have been 

crjin^. Yon looked like anything but crying 
vhen I saw yon last night in that recess with 
Mr. Wavcrton — ^it was very pretty — I thought 
tfcfjr was some mischief going on^ he looked so 
e»mc&t } what is it^ my lore V 

'' Oh ! Lady Loosely, 1 am so wretched! that 

bofrible, detestable, abominable Lord Cubtown 

wants my ancle to make me marry him." 

" Well, you need not be so angry with him." 

•• Aji{P7 with him I IM rather sweep the 

streets, the odious wretch.'^ 

" Why the odious wretch, as you call him, 
vgl be an carl, with five and twenty thousand 



HAROXESS; OB, 



a Tear» and they saj bis fatber is going 10 
for a marquisate. You will be one of tlie fin< 
ladies about town, witb a magnificent house i^ 
St. JameaVsquare. I^ball be very an^ry 
Tou, for I bad intended bim for one of my 
wben tber grew up ; he might have waited 
year or two." 

" But, Lady Loosely — when we were arittB 
in that recess — '' 

" Well, go on," said her ladyship, witb a 
hcious smile, " did anything particular happen?* 

« Mr. Waverton— " 

" Proposed V* 

"Y-e-s." 

*' And you accepted him ?'* 

" I did/^ 

*' That is unfortunate," obserred Lad|)f 
Loosely. " Poor Mr. Waverton, what a disap- 
pointment it will be, I am really aorr)' for i»« 
— hj the bye, wc must keep Lord IniiisiDoff 
from meddling in this business. It is an ex- 
ceeding difficult matter, very difficult to <fe 



TUS UNCL£* 48 

•'ft feat there is a way. We will not put you 
^ tic ptin of tellmg Mr, Waverton that you 
viil m hhve him after all, I see I must 
>idertike that task myself." 
" Bat I will never give up Mr, Waverton/' 
*"cliimed Mary, vehemently; "he has my heart, 
■li Qo one else will I manry." 

ittt you mtiftt give up Mr. Waverton, my 

I w; your heart, that yon tancy ao headstrong 

Wome uncommonly docUe when you are 

• nioonuteas. Yon have no idea upon what 

^ liking people marry. Do you know that 

^^aw Lord Loosely three times before I 

to him/' 

''Good heavens ! is that possible?" 

'' It is the case 1 can assure you. He was in 

may at the time, it was before his elder 

died, I met him at two baUs^ where he 

fiU mo a i^ood deal of attention, and then a 

thM time I sat next to him at dinner. I 

ttaghi him very agreeable at first, but when 

on the table, he seemed so em- 




:.'.'! to spcittL ■ 
mind, and a 
ch as bidding 
more aboat it 
ler received a 1 
vTBs ordered to 
possibly get a 
bed to marrv m 
iild give bis cons 
1^ he would eitbi 
■.J according as ] 
the army, or to 
state, that thoug 
) or three thou 



THE UNCLE, 



45 



thmg in half fuch good grammar since. Well, 
oj /atiusr said that he would leave the whole 
SM'tcr in my hands, it was a respectable match 
^^li not a very brilliant one ; whatever de- 
^ I should come to would satisfy him ; all 
^ he could aay was, that he thought a bird 
Jl tike hand was worth two in the bush. I was 
^fwe mj answer at breakfast-time next day. 
»ii dreadfully puzzled what to do, for if I did 
care much for him at the time, I cared for 
\j else either. I consulted as many peo- 
Pk u I could find^ and they all gave me dif* 
fcvuit advice; my mother was against it, she 
^d it wm indelicate, that she had no fear of 
licr danghterfi not getting husbands; at which 
^ ittber laughed, and said, he was not quite 
*>>« i]l Ai» would, and that put her in a pas- 
Kg^ and abe was very disagreeable and cross 
^Kdi me for not refusing him at once. When 
I ^ rent down to dinner 1 was still undecided, 
i^t it io happened at dessert, there was a dish 
sf gnpcf put down before me. I was, I think^ 




THE UNCLE. 



47 



" ^'eli, many Lord Cnbtown, and you will 
WTO 00 opportnnity of getting tired of Mr. 
wAQrtOtt^ ai you will if you marry liim. 
JWdes, jrou know how obstinate your uncle w, 
< » not the least use yoxir attempting to resist 
^ will* In any case^ if you were a heroine of 
[^wnittce — which, let me tell you. Mar}', I do 
think you are— you could not marry under 
jpews, even preauming that you both re- 
fiiithful to one another all that time, 
is 9omet)iing too monstrous to be ima- 
•0 you had better yield to your fate with 
^food grace : you were bom to be a countess. 
lure, I wish I could bespeak such ill luck 
[*riBy girls/' 

But what will people say of me V 
"Oh nercr mind what they say, we must 
tike the blame of that; besides, Ascot is so 
**r, that people will forget it for that week, 
**d after that they will find something new. 
^^wUl be some dreadful murder, or creation 
PBCo, or ministerial defeat^ or revolution in 



50 



HARDNESS: OB, 



started to attend the sick man, and thoi 
*' he may be a peer already/*- and she was 
likely to forget the sensations with which 
had received the first black-bordered 
which addressed — 

*' The Viscoonteas Loosely, 
&c. &c." 
announced that another lord slept with 
ancestors, and his brother^ her husbaad^ 
in liis stead. 

Measuring Mary^s feelings by the cnstoi 
t^tandard, viz. her own, she laughed at 
question. " Now I sec you are coming to 
B«ti8eB/' said she> — " there is only one thing 
j'ou to do, do what your unde and your 
dian telJs you. Drive to Lord Innismore*s." 

Lady Loosely was, for once in her life, wron^^ 
though Mary had been for a moment 
by the idea of being a great lady, abc 
almost immediately recovered her 
right feeling; and had entered the hoote fuUj 
rtisolved that Lord Cubtown should not bi* 
forced upon her. 



THE rNCI^, 



51 



Hen tliejr found Lord Inaismore in a state 
of the moat pitiable dismay. He had unwarily 
up a medical book — had devoured page 
page with an insatiable curio^ty^ aud 
in oonsequence discovered that he was 
in his own person^ with two-thirds 
of die 



•" IIU thit flesh u beir to," 



that Intrteen or fifteen sorts of deaths each 

homble than the other, were staring him 

in tht face. Higgins, of course^ encouraged 

hu patron in his fancy, but being required to 

icmcdies for the contradictory and irre- 

disorders of whicli the earl suddenly 

Aadared lumself the victim, had shrunk from 

the task in hopeless perplexity, and sheltered 

^kMnaelf under a general recommendation to 

<>ytlie German spa. His idea of the "Ger- 

••aipa,** waa a hamper of stone bottles with 

^'^li^eM^ly tatting waters in them : nmd 

lie waa aarate that there were 



BAftBlfESS; OR^ 

places in (rermany corresponding with Chelti 
ham and Harrowgate, he was relieved 
the apprehension of any immediate demt 
upon his geographical knowledge, hy the 
tainty that the earl knew no more about thei 
thau he did* As he conjectured, his patronV 
careless — *' Just sec about those German 
will you, doctor ? The bubbles I think they 
them^ or the Bninnens, 1 forget which," 
him a few hours^ time to make himself 
roughly acquainted with the nature and pi 
perties of some hundred of indescribable 
incomprehensible mineitd combinations, w] 
qualities and ingredients have defied iuTestii 
ttou, experience, and analysis since the crcat 
Lord Innismore was full of the subject wl 
Lady Loosely entered. 

" Do you know/' said be, " that I am 
Ntich a perilous situation, that I am thinking 
trying some of the German spas." 

" I really should not have supposed that 
were ill|" returned her ladyship: ** howmi 



THE UirCLE. 



53 



body goes to Baden now. I have just 
been taJking to Mary/' 

" Where is Carlsbad ? they say it cures every 

thing/' (The doctor pricked up his ears*) 

" Carlsbad,*' said Lady Loosely^ " is in Bo- 

a long way off; it has a very high 

in Germany, I believe. I have just 

left Mary—" 

"My grandfather went to Spa in 174^. 1 
fttpfMMe it would suit my constitution." 

" I have been talking to her about Lord 

Cubtown, and I really think — " 

" Oh, she must wait; time enough when we 

hiurk ; I think of setting off in three 

or a month: he can follow us if he 

; be need not drink the waters. By the 

llje, I iuppoae we shall have a flaming account 

of that old fool Fislitown's marriage in the 

evening papers." 

** It i« a cunous match/' said Lady Loosely ; 
ity*cight and twenty-two, they just make 
eentnry between them." 



ife 



5i 



HA&DNE88; OR^ 



" I cannot find it," said his Lord&hip^ 
lug over the paper. 

" Perhaps it is among the births and 
my Lord/^ suggested the doctor* 

"I slaould have thought they would bai 
had a para^aph to themselves. Let ua me. 
Saturday last^ Misa Mana» great grand- 
to the late Sir Peter Snooks, knt. — no;, it i 
here. We shall have it in ' The Pgef U^nu 
roir. Eh ! whafs this ? ' On Mondiiy 
nt Kensworth church, Henry de Burgh, Esq. 
only son of the late Lieut,-Gen. the Uoa. 9t 
Ulick de Burgh, K. C. B. and G. C. H., 
nephew to the Earl of Iimismorc ; to Aral 
youngest daughter of James Johnson, Esq. 
Daffodil Lodge, and Baker-street' Wl>o t^^ 
is she 1" 

Lady Loosely did not consider this questii 
as addressed to her, so she did not anaircr 
The doctor was thunderstruck; iu his 
Henry^s bold detiance of his despotic mmk 
little less than the act of s maniac. He 



THE UNCLE. 55 

iioverer^ too wary as yet to take any part 
<gunst the rebel, until he saw which way the 
tide was likely to set, so he contented himself 
with njing, ''poor young man," an observa- 
tion vlu'ch oonld hardly get him into a scrape. 
''Poor yoong man \" repeated the earl in a 
^ of thunder, " poor young man, indec^d ! 
SD and fetch Mary directly, doctor." 

Higgins departed upon his mission, — ^the 
initated unde paced rapidly up and down the 
nom. " James Johnson," said he, " who the 
devil is James Johnson? upon my honour, Lady 
liooiely, this yoimg scapegrace seems to have 
kit all sense of decency along with Ids fortune, 
to marry a girl of that sort, in a petty country 
^^iOtge. If she had been a lady by birth, even if 
>lie had not a shilling in the world, I could 
ltt?e pardoned him ; but Miss Arabella John- 
wn, Mrs. Henry de Burgh, God save the mark ! 
Here Mary, read this, did you know anything 
•bout this before?" 
Mary read the announcement with the ut- 



56 



SAEDNBSS; OR, 



most astonishment; it was quite as much 
suqirise^ anrl as disagreeable a onej to ber u 
was to her uncle. 

"No, uncle," said she, "I heard nothing 
about it ; Henry has not written to vne this 
long time." 

"Very well, then youll just go to t« 
room now, and you'll write to Mr, Henry de, 
Burgh, to say that I entirely disclaim and ah« 
jure all further communication or connexion ur 
relationship with him from this day forth ; that 
I do not any longer acknowledge him aa my 
nephew, and that he may go and pass tlie 
mainder of his wretched, pitiful existence aa hit, 
pleases among the nameless Tulgaiiaus that be 
has disgraced an ancient and noble family 
allying himself with.'' 

'^ But, uncle," pleaded Mary, *' we do n 
know yet what these Johnaona may be ; tin y 
may be very respectable people/' 

" Respectable people !" repeated the esrl in a 
fury, '^a Dc Burgh marry a respectable pe 



oe : 



i 




TBS UXCLB. 



57 



"^^ Indeed it would be very demeaning/^ 
edged in the doctor. 

Yon go and do as I told yon," continued 
Ijord Innismore; ^^ write to him directly, and 
let him know how resolved I am to have no- 
thmg mofe to aay to him ; and how I despise 
tbe poor, zniierable spirit that allowed him to 
himself away upon an obscure country 
giH, — the grovelling beggar \" 

*' I shall do nothing of the sort," returned 

tke young lady, her colour rising, her eyes 

iaahiog, and a spirit of resistance that the eart 

bad nerer dreamt of, awakening in her breast. 

" i certainly cannot prerent your abusing my 

hiotlier, but I as certainly will not do it myself* 

Why did you drive him away from you before 

Uua h^^ened ; why did you not assist him in 

Itts diftmi; what would it have signified to 

jtm if yon had made him a present of all that he 

ever lost, or double; and set him up in the 

^notlii ignin ? You keep saving up money that 

yon do not Imow what to do with : abd yet you 

d3 



kiiidnoss. he is 
lii< wife is a vcr 
I shall like her 
have the means," 
a new idea seei 
**and I mav hav( 
ven- first thing tl. 
Henry eveiy assisi 
him to live as he c 
i)e considered as 
tlic more my brut 
nm-thiniT to him t 
will I remain here 
A ehn"«"» *■- ' 



THB trXCLE. 



59 



*i^ took potienioii of ber mind; there was 

«BC »»y of doing it, and but one way, that she 

knew of: ijie now seriously entertained the 

^ of accepting Lord Cubtown forthwith, and 

ihe irnmncKitely left the room, leaving her 

^cven u mnch astonished at this unexpected 

*«tbreik, as if a shell had exploded at their 

^ The earl looked at the doctor, the doctor 

^wlaot encounter his patron's eye, he looked 

* ^ boota in preference ; Lady Ijoosety broke 

^lileiicc. 

"There now, Lord Innismore, you would 
^■Mt upon her doing what no aister could be 
"i^eetod to do, and accordingly you have 
^^^i her to rebel, and that successfully. She 
^Wft write to Henry, and she has learned 
*** «be may fly in your face whenever she 
; it la a lesson not easily unlearned,^! 
'***t go and see her, poor thing/* 
" t^^Cior/' said Lord Innismore, '' you must 
B^We to the young cub, tell him to go to the 
■ imiUfOQ understand ?" 



I; auu lOOK bis 
>n was in the hi 
Lnnismore pacec 
» world seems tc 
ft mad," said h 
\g how niucb i 

fir. '"nusgirll 
Ipiit ft stop to tb 
ionietlimg of a « 
I certsml J if I h 
fid grircD him ^v^ 
hffred well, and 
Etravftgauce, he i 
rents thia infema 
kcu place. WelJ 



THE UNCLE. 



61 



inything to repent of^ no, no; he is rightly 
ponithed for his extravagance and folly, though, 
M it hfts turned out, it is an unfortunate busi- 
nets ; nevertheless I was decidedly right upon 
principle/' 



mAROTTBSS; OB, THE UNCLE. 



63 



•incse Mrs* Staunton fixed her resi- 
them,'' 

•• Oh, she is there, is she V said Dunlara, 
hj Jove I moaft go and see her yihen I go 

^Vhere does she live ?'' 
^ Somewhere on the East Cliff, I imagine ; 

viodest side of the town, as they call it/' 
" How do you mean ?" asked Waverton. 
Why, the people towards Kemp Town pride 
thexDftelves upon their superior morality j they 
that all the seandal is up towards 
Knmtwick-sqiiare." 

Well, hut what was the real story, for I 
Iwvdhalfadoeenr 

Why the fact was, he was walking on the 
pier, when thia unfortunate child, who 
•ecmt to have been in cliarge of a careless slut 
td m nune, fell over, and old John, who is a 
fliooiftroiia dashing fellow, with the nerve of 
tlie denl, went over after it directly, taking off 
horn the place where it fell, so that he pounced 
ril^t upott it in the water — had it up in an 
aiatatit — and perched it upon one of the beams 




64 



hardness: or, 



of those great things like cagcs^ that sii| 
the pier. Melton said it was quite a sig] 
sras so cool, quick, and resolute — ^went 
upon his mark with the stoop of a hawk ; and 
gave some of the good folks there a capital 
over the knuckles^ too, for theur toadyismj f< 
some of them got up an address to him abod 
it, and laid it on rather thick upon the chivalry 
of a duke's son condescending to risk his lofdB 
hfe for a tallow-chandler's child ; so he said * 
his answer, ' That he was not aware that bein 
of tender years, and in a lowly station, render* 
a human being less valuable in the eyes of ^ 
Creator/ That was not bad to come from ^ 
tween those black moustaches of his/* 
" No. I wonder who put him up to it 
" And pray," aaked Waverton, '' was he 
at the time ?" 

" Oh, no, Mrs. Staunton was with 
" Ah — j&i — now I sec — I didn't uni 
my friend Delaval's constituting him«^ m 
mane society all of a sudden; and for 




THK rXCLE. 



l^konoar. 



Honk 



Bn^Um uUoir chandler's brat too I He's in 
fcwk^ its dcTilttb difficult to get an opportunity 
mimg lieroj before the right woman's eyes. 
^"^*7^ liwd times, I never had a chance my- 
«ft W jou, Waverton P 

'^ Xoy" laid that gentleman, wishing he had, 

* ' ^c Bdl have the worth of it." 

**I bope ao," said Dunlara, laughing ! " upon 

; I like a man that does not stand 

trifles, particularly men of high rank. I 

that the well-being of this country 

a great deal upon the gentlemen being 

"^ lo keep the lead they have got, not merely 

V the force of money and edncatioUi but alao 

V iicing personally and physically formidable, 
• 4«t whoever thinks of meddling with them, 
^""^ fee) that he has uncommonly ugly cus^ 
■■^U* to dell with. 1 have no doubt that it 

tbetr phick that saved this country from 
e mischief in the reform times — ^' 
sttid WavertoUj laughing^ '* you ara 
«i ictiTe, energetic fellow yoiu^lf." 



IMk 



^w w 



^6 



BABBNE8S; OR| 



*' Could not you put in something for 

ladies/^ asked Hooker, " and their influence i 
maintaining their order?** 

*' Oh^ no doubt/' said Waverton^ " they 
exercise a very beneficial influence on the 
try. I have no opinion of that cant about 
virtuous middle class. I think the upper 
much more so. What class is it that sup] 
the blackguard papers, I should hke to know] 
I know no greater proof of the comparati^ 
low standard of morals among the middle cl 
than the prurient contemptible curiosity theyi 
hibit about a few finvolous, dissipated women 
fashion, as they call them, whom they will takt 
as the representatives of the aristocracy. W( 
know very well that they are not so, that fbr| 
one of them that are mere pleasure hunters or 
intriguers, there are hundreds quietly and OD- 
obtrusively fulfilling the duties of their station t 
and in many instances increasing the happin^*' 
and relieving the wants of their poorer neigl*' 
hours in an incredible degree. The absence o^ 



iBtri^p UDong^ the young married women is 
^ rtnUng, iind when you consider the temp- 
^mh^ and, above iill things, the facilities, it 
■ reafly wonderful. The girls too, have heads 
• ^dJ M hearts, they are not mere nonentities, 
tte French girls; or honsehold drudges at 
^1 and dancing machines in society, like 
^%Quu]f ; or mock modesties^ like Americans ; 
ii something in them, one can live with 



** Braro," said Hooker, ** upon my word they 
^fhl to elect you their champion. Which 
*mIdfou prefer, being the champion of the 
•1 m fenend, or of some one in particular ?" 

* Steady,'' interposed Dunlara, as some- 
fttag Hka a conscious blush appeared upon 
^utrton's cheek, ** you must not make a man 
himself" For the young lord knew 
than he judged it altogether fair to com- 
^k^tQcite. " There's your servant, Waverton, 
^pfwaing here with a notc,*^ and Waverton went 
L ^ly into the hall. " You were getting on 



68 



HABDNESS; O&j 



ticklish ground, Hooker. Wavcrton has 
coming it devilish strong with my cousin Mj 
of late, and Lady Loosely declares that be 
fairly smitten, and that she expects every 
that matters will come to a crisis. I am 
much afraid that my father will not like it/ 

*' Why, what is the objection to Waverton 

'* None iu the world, quite the contrary, 
you know the governor has some odd ideas 
his own, and he has a sort of monomania 
her marrying a peer ; though I cannot, for 
life of me, see why she should not be 
enough with a commoner/' 

'* I think it is just possible,^^ gravely repli( 
his companion, " though the contrary is gene 
rally supposed, and girls never fiiid it out unti^ 
they have tried. I believe, however, that there 
is a merciful dispensation of Providence to that 
effect/' 

" What an odd-looking coronet I whose car* | 
riage is that ?" | 

I forget the name,*' answered Hooker, 



THE UKCLl. 



69 



** but it is not a coronet, it is a gooseberry bush^ 
fir a bunch of feathers^ or something of that 
•Oft, painted in the shape of a coronet: it 
■wveis JQst as wellj all the shop-boys and 
ottlerBfisjf 'my lady/ to it; wouldn't that do ?" 
^^ ** I should like to show that carriage to lay 
^nbthcr," exclaimed Lord Bunlara. "I'll be 
hanged if I don't thiuk that he would upplv at 
Bcnr*atreet to have it scratched out^ or bring it 
kdbre the House of Lords j he would be so hor- 
fiied at the idea.'^ 

f )o," answered Hooker, '* I should like to 

the Peers at work on a breach of privilege ; 

CommonB show rare sport when they get 

of one, the proceedings of the Pickwick 

Club are a joke to them. Well, 1 must be ofif." 

Am he left the room, he encountered Waver- 

lotiy his countenance expressive of the deepest 

disappointment and mortification. Expecting 

aU day a oonminnication from Lord Innismore, 

he had directed his servant to bring it to the 

dab, when it arrived^ and, on going to receive 



70 



HAEDNESS; OB^ 



il^ was horror strtick at perusing the foUowij 
i|>eciiDeii of the correspoDdence of the femaltl 
aristocracy, whom he had just been so eat 
ticaUy lauding. 

" My dear ^Ir, Waverton, 

" It grieves me exceedingly to be the 
of a communication that must neeesaarilj 
you pain, but I have been requested by Lord 
Iimismore to express his sense of the honour 
you proposed doing his house, by allying your 
self with Miss dc Burgh, an honour which, s< 
her guardian, he is sorry to be obliged to de* 
dine, having other views as to her diaposal to 
marriage. Miss de Burgh having, though wrth 
a natural reluctance, been made sensible of the 
necessity of not opposing herself to her nndeV 
decision, begs me to express her deep regret itj 
the unfortunate necessity for discontinuing 
intimacy that existed between you and 
and I trust that you will see the pi 
of holding no farther intercourse with '^ 



THE UNCLE. 71 

^wt the ordinary courtesies of society 



** Believe me, my dear Mr. Waverton, 
'* Ever yours, faithfully, 

*' Sabah Loosely." 

iitoimding communication came like a 
It upon the dismayed lover. He 
Itoily believe that in less than four-and 
boursy those lips that he had seen qui- 
vitK joyful agitation^ as they honestly, 
*ithout £sdse shame, confessed her love for 
could coldly pronounce her chilling " re- 
al the unfortunate necessity for disconti- 
tiie intiiiiacy that had hitherto existed 
them/' It was hardly credible, yet 
letter vas undeniable; he felt as if the 
vere being cut away from under his 
if life were valueless ; the most crushing 
mes had fallen upon him^ the de- 
one we love and trust : still, as when 
calamity happens, we cannot at iirat 



72 



HABDXESS; OR^ 



make up our minds to its reality, he doubl 
yet that be was finally rejected. 

" At all events/' said be, " I will take 
refusal except from ber own mouth ; I 
know the grounds upon which she turns 

suddenlv round — confound that old trrant — V 

»■ ■• 

wait till she's of age — what on earth can 
Loosely have to say to it,^ — I'm not bound 
what she writes, — ril go and see Lord 
more myself. I do not believe she can be 
unstable ; I never saw anybody el»e pay 
the slightest attention, and 1 know that 
not Duidara. By the bye, that Lady 
seems to have great influence there : she 
to profess herself my friend ; she's a good-i 
tiired woman too, if she were not so worldlyr 
if I could enlist ber on my side. I must trr.^- 

Here his meditations were interrupted 
Mr, Hooker, who was sallyiug forth, ** Whs 
what's the matter, my dear fellow V* said 
gentleman, ** you look aa black as thi 
Cab smashed, cb V* 




^ 



THS vncLs* 



73 



Wsrcrton at first made no answer, but, tak- 
ing htm by the arm, descended the steps with 
kim« deep in thought. At last he broke silence 
frith n leritj which sprang from desperation : 

" I ««y, what's' the best way to bribe a wo- 

'* la »be married or single ?" 
•^ Married." 

•' Give her a black velvet gown." 
I** Oh, h\\p Clin have a dozen of them, if she 



•* WTiat ! IB she such a grandee ? try her 
..pith china.'' 

" Slie bjM such a museum of it, it would be 
able to find anything she has not got 
abeady. There is no overtrumping her 
"Crockery ware." 

** The family of dragons »md monsters is a 
▼cry extensive one; nevertheless, if that won't 
do, keep continually and perpetually sending 
ber flowers : there is a way to the hew^ through 
4lM? note." 

WOi. It. s 




Tt 



HAKDKESS; OR, 



Ske haa the lecoiad best consem&toiy 
od God knows how zaanj acres 
fllHi m the oomitiT.'' 

" She mast be impcegnable : some of t] 
bike cho cohi te lefiliksv toads and cockchafei 
1 do not knov — pet the children/' 

* She netcr wiU shovr themi — says they 



** Get a foik md white dog, about as 
as a good-oed sq[iiirrel, with a pink ribl 
lond hia neck, and give it her.'' 

" She hUas pets^^— «aTs they aie a deprai 



pecniiiaiS 
ppUcmbl^ 



"AiwItofiditnkiTe with her, yourself: sbe 
«ooH saj that's a depfmred taste,'* 

^ Faasih^ not. but then there are 
tiiuu i Milan cea fkaX make that plan inap] 
teBTOMe." 

*' Weil, 1 real^ do not know what von ciD 
do; jma eH mj might tdl, but it woold take m 
aint of aMMey fior the sort of person yoo ^' 
scnbc*, and fiul probably^ too. Tbej 



THB UNCLE. 75 

^«VBj io those con£mmded purple cases, and 
tatgdh; eatahles are good working bribes, but 
mot in such a case as this : it must be some- 
thst they cannot get at otherwise. That 
bill has dcme a world of mischief in that 
waj. Vwe heard of a pretty little bit of bu- 
nas being done in furs ; Bohemian glass is 
getting itele; curious old lace might do some- 
tiling ; — they're up to flattery, at least direct 
§mtter y — ah, yes — the only thing that I can 
■ee for yoa to do is to ask her advice about 
•ometliing or other, and follow it. Mind you 
take eare that it is a matter of no conse- 
qnenoe. Oh, by Jove, I must go, there's Lord 
littkisland.'' 

** Lord Littleisland 1 that's that lout Suooks/' 
** Yes, they call him Lord Littleisland, for 
he can talk of nothing but his friend Lord 
Greatisland. I shall go and ask him whether he 
haa heard lately firom Greatisland, and he'll 
mty, ' I received yesterday a most interesting 
letter from my noble friend ; I'll show it you, if 
e2 



urotber, oK^J*®^ 

of our tcm at a" 

Burmafe of ^^ ^« «f thi 



CHAPTER IV 



It w»» midnight. Man^ bird, beast, were at 
rest : the earth acknowledged, in universal 
gtflineta, the sileut dominion of night ; the spirit 
of the hour was repose, jet, at a lonely case- 
ment, flood one who watched, to weep. The 
onkappj UopeweU, heartbroken, weary of his 
looked listlessly ont into the night, but he 
not now as of yore upon the broad streak 
of qtiivmng silver that the moon csLst upon 
tke dmrkcned sea* Gleaming in the pale moou- 
fig^ tbe antique steeple of Ganton church 
remrcsd ttaelf before hia eyes ; yet he saw it not, 
hi* tboughta were elsewhere, though to Ganton 
li# bad transferred \na labours and his sorrows ; 
remain at Ketisworth, and witne^^s what 




^^P^^'' ^lis hrca 

longings^ had , 

entered into hi, 

^ bright and fa 

'^ « bitter h 

veraes, which pa 

3^ IMunful interi 
*«>n- Silver and 
jewels were bejor 
» character that h 
*^iover,weretoi 
^beUa-^hadshe 
e took up one oft 

Bxoi 




THV ITNCLE. 

in Chi nomio^ witdt ctme ■ fearful loimdt 
^ hnd tramblBd and roie from the groxmd, 
>*ii thtr wtr «te«d*fl tramp, and the roDiag wb«eK 
^ the tramp^ and Uie dram, and the claah of steel, 
And the Leaden* voioea kmd. 

^Ai haartof Pharaoh waa hardened then, 
lad he Mid to hia princea, hia mighty men, 
" Imd Imek for our slarea let oa win^ 
^ uagi of the dOTtrt have afaat them in ; 
Tbej Bmt be con again/' 

Of tbi flhanota of «w there were thirty score, 
Ailtht lOQiid of the hott waa like ocean 'a roar« 
^'' tW pnde of hia might did that king rcjoioe, 
B^ loasl eried with a moaning Toioe, 
Aa the roioe of doomed men : 



79 



ledd'ft thou oa forth from a fertile lar 
^^ovU «e ind no gjavea in Egypfa land ? 
^^^ to live then ia alavery, 

BOM to the wOdemem here to die ;" 
So cried thej in their feu* 

^* *>ot, my chadren/* the prophet said, 
* Mkrd this day aludl be bonoored ; 
Bile and bold on jon boat on the plain, 
fbr ef«r ye we it again -, 
la not Jeborah here ?'' 



^^»* tile bed, 
Bom 

J'orthehiadol 

^»<» Isrtd nnh, 

Whettj 

^'^'**" ^ leader, . 
T»»c «tars wwcd di 
^ the latest of h 



THE UNCLE, 



81 



'"^tbe Lord looked out from the cloud on high. 
M k otBNd that tli»r ch&riots drave heavily. 
^prood beart of Egypt was troubled sore, 
'^ Urwl stood on the desert ihore ; 
God wai tlieir troat. 



»•««,««. 



chndnm, and mea. their host. 



■ 00 hod, had the Red Sea croaaed 



'*Nwdiof 



the J stood tfotind. 



■a looked on the aea^girt ground, 
With Egypt's chiidrea nUed. 



eaa band; 




band, 



^'^'^lad ^laraob wia leadiiig his grim array» 
Che heloa, the spear, the glaive, 
ttpv tliere is oooght aave the bmkixig wavv ; 
So the God of Jacob mlled. 

Tetding of the versei) occupied the siif* 
^^ ^oir the momenti and diverted hi» thoughts 
"^^ him own sorrows ; he walked moodily back* 

■ad forwards, and then rend on . 

£3 




baednssb; or. 

Six times around proud Jericho since monun^'^ oarlieit 
Hath Israel's hast in oeaseka* march its deftdly circle 
Six times each heatboi tower hath yetkd its jimI of 

laughter, 
Once more to ruse its voire of toom, — and be dknt ever 

Aud ooce a^ain ita path of (ate that arm j tracked aoew« 
And luuder »till in cooaciottB power, iti sacred tmmpeta t 
And prooder ^lancea, frowns of death, were on tba dty 
As it passed before its mocking foes, the seventh 
last! 

Rood after rood, all ilow and dread — that holf tarn g< 
No soiuid bre«ki on ita lUence, save the tmnpfti' 

tone; 
The torch is lit, the ipear ts raised , and naked flfMuos the 
To smite the doomed city with the vaigeanoe of die Lord 



In ttem obodieiice, mottonless. Hie mesaen^n of death, 
The icour^ of Heaven, stand and watch their ohieftaln's i 

ing breath ; 
Then Joehoa's voice rote proud and tugfa above the 

tone, 
*' Shoat. for your God hath given you the city fcr your t«i 






Then tJiundered a triumpbant shout— the acctrnt« i»t tic I.- 
Were in the sound of Israel 'a voice in wrath realstkis ^ouff** 




THE UNCLE. 83 

•trefred in shapeless baapt, like com before th« 



vaUi from tibeir AntndadoD rentt w if an earthquake 



Jknd then «itli God't own wm^eanet charged, drew iBratfl'i 

Ihrn tbofe, ^^n to their handi the tword of victory ; 
ra chflR, uui fire, lad desth, and eeeeed not with the 

of deaobtioii Ofk the tOeot city lay. 



' The shades of desolatioii I" repeated he, 
*^ how deep they can lie upon the bursting 
heart ! Yet have not I deserved all this ? In 
Kow many hours^ nay days, during the last two 
flMmthfl, have I suffered the thoughts of her to 
^ktract my mind from the holy duties I have 
andertaken ! Alas, how unworthily ! And 
rain toys, is it so that the time of a elms- 
miiiister should be occupied ? The i^ongs 
of the Scriptures may be, perhaps, less repre- 
lH3uible, but those sonnets — love sonnets — 
were the holy apostles rhymesters ? Alas ! how 
have I to subdue before I can be a wor- 






84 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



thy follower of those sainted men. Lovi 
pride — undue anxiety about the affairs of thi 
world, idleness, misapplication of even thi 
scanty abilities that Providence has given nu 
Eheu ! pcccavi, men culpa, mea maxima culpa!' 
Mechanically he took up the paper again aiMlJ 



read. 



JUDGBS, Cbftp. X. 



Fear does with joy com bine. 

In tbe wild triumptuint soundf 

JLa tbe untRmed host of the Fhilisdne 

Bow at their hideoits idors shrine. 

For Sftmaon's blind and bound* 



Hark the tritimphant cry, 
" Honour to Da^n'a ojune! 
He hath freed at nov from oar enemy. 
He hath gotten hia children the victory » 
Ours is a god of fame/' 

Thtre wert lords and chiefUinii thcrCt 
Til ere were flhepherde of low degree ; 
There were men of wos^ there were women fair. 
There were grey old priests with unholy prayer. 
There was childhood's harmless glee. 



THE UNCLE. 

'TVas a high and glittering light. 
And thousands aroand it stood ; 
Their hearts waxed proud, and their ejrea waxed bright. 
As thej gloated on each unholy rite. 
In that eril Cue ci blood. 

And they cried with Tengelbl cries, 
«* Let Samson oar call obey ; 
With his braxen diains and his sightless eyes, 
Let oar children mock at the mi^^ prise. 
Let him make as sport to-day.'' 

He comes, the mighty one, 
Alas for Israel's pride ! 
His heart as lead, his eye as stone, 
Sight, hope, and strength alike were gone, 
There wss little left beside. 

They pat him, that all might see, 
'Twixt the piUars that propped the fane ; 
And they shoated alond in their cruel glee, 
Till his proud heart swelled in its agony, 
And he called on his God again. 

** Hear me, O Lord, I implore. 
Avenge my darkened eyes 
On these ungodly men ; restore 
The strength thou gavedst me, this once more. 
Befofe thy servant dies." 



85 




He kid down the paper. Dark thougbl 
flitted orer bis wol, the terrible questioii 
in hn mindi Wherefore vms Samson's strengtl 
restored to him t Was it that he might bi 
down destmction upon the Philistines,- 
upon himself? Was he^ the divinely 
the chosen among Israel, strengthened bnt fc 
his own perdition ? Was he rejected T was 
condemned — ^lost f The unhappj man hid hi* 
face in his hands. '* Out^ tempter I** cried 
starting to his feet; ''unhallowed Utoiighl 
away. Oh Arabella! how I could hare rejoi 



THt UNCL£. 



87 



to derote my life to thy happiness^ — how I could 
hare men in the morning, glad that another 
day was come that I might make bright aud 
mnny for thee — how I could have lain down 
mt ni^bt, blessed that it was by thy side — how 
I could have watched that not the shadow of a 
manuw should darken thy soul— how I could 
bare exulted as day upon day heaped proof 
i^QO proof of my unspeakable, unchangeable 
dcvotkm to thee, and showed that the pearl be- 
yond price of thy heart was not thrown away 
tt|na one who knew not its value ; death should 
DOC hare dirided us. Alas ! it is gone, it was 
a vision of light^-of aurpassing loveliness — but 
if is gone, aud for ever. My soul must toU in 
a gloooir, dreary wOdemess, aimless, joyless, 
hapt^em, until its appointed time. The hour 
wrQX come when the mourner shall weep no 
awre, the weary shall be at re»t, — fiat voluntas. 
Cii% — ^Uie band of the Lord b in every event 
mod it ti a hand of mercy/' 



r 



cmai 



a oii a- head/' sh 
{ Dublin Steam 
the Mother of J 
B«8eJ sighed a c 
search, and a 
I for a moment t 
toff watef-^and 
r voyage be prt 
ad hi8 fortimea, 
He Jooked upo 
tatched.aaheita 



hardness; or, thb uncle. 89 

get out a^ain. Piles of buildings of astonishing 
loftiness towering over the qnays — vcsscIb of all 
nations, — ^the unwieldy Dutchman — the grace- 
fiil American — ^the well-moulded Frenchman — 
going out and coming in, in every conceivable 
variety of rig : little active river steamers buzz- 
ing and fizzing about in all directions: and 
neat and well-kept villas on the shore, an- 
nouncing that evening brought quiet and 
oountiy air to many of the merchant princes 
of Liiverpool. Huge bales of cotton, rows of 
sugar hogsheads, masses of timber, stacks of 
barrels, packages of every description, crowded 
I the quays ; ponderous waggons jolted over the 

I rough pavement with a deafening dang ; every 
K where commercial activity was predominant — 
B every where its offspring, the magnificent off*- 

II ^™^ of a rude and rugged mother, commer- 
<aal wealth, was to be observed ; and the young 
wWier gazed with no little astonishment at the 

\ busy scene around him. 

^ v 

, ^ *et was his mind fully occupied with his own 



\ 



90 



HARDXESS; OB, 



thoughts; he was in that most perplexiBg 
all situations, a new position, yet it was not 
un pleasing one. Not having even been 
school, except the village day-school, he n< 
for the first time in his life, found himself ai 
firom all those whom he was in the habit 
deferring to and depending upon,' and cast uj 
his own resources for every thing he did ; 
he sat, as the vessel cleared the harbour, apj 
rently carefidlj watching the man at the wh( 
but really little cognizant of what that keen- 
personage was doing, for the visions and specu- 
lations of fresh eighteen were rising thick anJ] 
fast in his miad; the independence he 
about to enjoy — ^the gay companions among 
whom another day would see him enrolled— 
the clash of arms — ^the gHttcr of scarlet and 
gold, crowded upon his thoughts; if ever t 
transitory shade of regret obtruded itself, fw 
the home, the parents, and the sisters he wtf 
leaving, it was effaced in a moment by the com- 
ing glories of the 100th. 



THE rXCLE. 



91 



Noaer'd pomp of vv, tlte glittering fiJei, 
if viuMe pj tn|kpiBp item B«Uoo« •iniki. 

Jnify of other divinities, neither stem 

fcfooij-thirstv, smile upon those gay trap- 

I* md reiT sweetly too. Arthur was not 

ohle of the tiiumpha that awaited him, 

bttU-room darling; then there was the 

regular officer, who had joined 

wliose talk was of movements 

Wtioiis — front and flank. Dreams of a 

iat higber glory, too, would flit across 

gosae milled, for he had been reading all 

HtMif books he could lay his hands upon, 

b head was crammed with the accounts 

In md sieges. He readily conjured up 

•oenes in which he performed a prin- 

■rt himself: — ^brig of war runs into Ports- 

— ^three cheers from the crew as 

his arm in a sling, goes down 

lands directly — telegraph work- 

e mad — post-chaise and four — post boys 

-Petersficld — Guiidford — ^the road 



hardness; or. 




alive with the excitement of a victory- 

ston — drive to the War-office — streets crowi 

— people shouting — extraordinary gaufsl 

" My aid'de-camp. Captain Johnson^ whosj 

heg leave to recommend to your lordship's d 

tectioD, wOl afford any further informatioii 

to the details of the action in which he d 

dered me the most essential service.** ~ 

Captain W. E. P. Johnson, 100th foot 

major in the army — Colonel Johnso 

carry the bridge directly ; but don't go 

the nllage. Now, Colonel Johnson, adii4| 

across the plains-column at quarter distan^ 

keep a bright look-out in the direction of ik 

hillocks to the right; there are some 

behind them. Here they come, by 

form square on the leading division^ 

outwards — prepare for cavalry 

by files — front and right Ikce, 

Johnson, by G — you pounded t 

proi)erly ; re-form columBi deploy 

Colonel Johnson^ the general is wo 



THE VfiCLE. 



command the brigade -, advance in line^ steady 



— {bc?« the vessel gave a fearful lurch) — wait a 

bit till that battery upens — now go on — line 

win adrance — 100th tlie battalion of direc- 

tion — prepare to charge — charge — hurrah, 

knrrali — well done, colonel, keep your fellows 

IB hand now, and the dny^s our own. Major- 

Johnson to be Knight Command. O 

I — " the Mother of Beelzebuh" seemed 

to be going stark mad — tr}^iug to jump from 

^ top of one wave to that of another^ and 

tlvrnji slipping down between ; it was veiy in- 

an«]defate of her, and the cmbr^'o \ictor felt 

'te hit trinmphs must be confined to the land; 

^ tea would not acknowledge him as a con- 

lurror. " Go to leeward, sir," called out the 

Nasmnan ; he might as well have told him to 

|B to Scnngapatam, for anything that the 

mkiiipy victim knew what leeward was — '* Go 

lo tlie other side,*' repeated the man — this was 

wtelligibic ; another terrific plunge, that sent 

1 ffparkltug ahowcr o( spray high into the air, 



94 



hardness; or, 



04 th^ 
itaticJI 



gave bim an iiupetus, both iutemid and 
nal^ that brought him to the lee bulwu 
an instant — it was a neamh thing, but i 
in time — God help him. 

" You'll be easier now, sir/* said a stoul 
tleman^ who was walking up and down the 
as Wellin^on resumed his seat, and 
naionary, the thread of his medi 
tively broken by his misfortunea, now l| 
to look about him, aud observe his fi 
passengers. The personage who addressed 
was a burly looking man, apparently bd 
sixty and seventy^ with a mixed express^ 
good- humour and cunning in his masaili 
tares and quick twinkling eye. He wai i 
in a green coat, with a white hat and a 
crape band round it ; and had thai 
8cribable air of being somebody that tvtt} 
observes, but nobody can define ; but 
occasion^ his importance was abundantly I 
by the manifest attention and reapoct 
which his two companions treated him. 



TBS UNCLE. 



^5 



^ l'ou*lJ be easier now, sir, but if you*d take 

tdrke, jou'll go below ; for I see it's but a 

iiilor you are. We shall have rough 

'^'fMif g^ ^ glAss of grog and a biscuit, and 

in, mj young friend, that's the best thing 

can do;" said he, with a kindly smile, and 

hit conversation with his two fellows. 

teil you they must register," continued 

it'f no uae taUcing ; the county '11 be lost, 

"Sure they haven't got the qualification," 
Bi|ed one of the minor luminaries. 
"Whatdoea that signify, isn't it as easy to swear 
* ds, as it was to forty shillings ?" 
thruo enough, but tiien, they're not 
r-^«i:fi «ith what you said about the saddler^ 
' fcjr're mighty partial to him/' 

**So they think I was too hard upon him, 
htbefr 
** Fsitii they do, he never said it at all." 
" Why that fellow from Clonmel, told mc 
^d wweMT to it/' 



96 



HAItBNESS; ORj 



" Well, then, if I might make so botild, tli^j 
honest mtiu from Cloumel is not any wav 
markahlc for always speaking the truth." 

"The truth ! faith it's little we'd get for In- 
land, if we stuck to the truth ; the truth, let op 
tell you> is a mighty inconvanient article in ""• 
House of Commons ; but, however, if tbey tin 
1 gave it him too hard, we must see what cr 
be done for him. What did I say of him?' 

" Sure you called him 'a black-hearted^ wl: 
livered, perjured miAcreaiit ;' those were yo© 
o^Ti words/' 

" My own words ? well, if they are my o 
words, I suppose I may do what I like wit 
them ; and I'll tell you what I'll do with 
I'll eat them ; there, will that do V* 

" Oh, yes, that's all fair," answered the 
" that's all he can expect i" and by this ti 
young Johnson had discovered^ thut w 
re^^d for truth the stout m&u in green 
have on shore, he was an oracle at sea : it 
lou^her every instant, so down he went 



TEl fNCLE. 



97 



not without some little difficulty. He sat dovni 
I >lital)le, where half-a-dozen dark, well whiskered, 
»er liandflome, but vulgar looking men, were 
about the price of cattle^ and the En- 
bone dealers, over their whiskey punch ; 
addressing himself to the nearest, asked 
the «tout gentleman in a green coat, 
deck, w«i* The gentleman he addressed 
round, with an expression of the most 
astonishment, and stared at him for a 
It, aa if wondering how any man could 
inch a question. 

You'll be a stranger in these parts, sir V* said 
»ith a slight smile, and a half perceptible 
ikle of the eve, 

' 1 am/' returned the youth ; " pray who is 
gentleman V 

was something almost comic in the 

of myitcry with which the other answered, 

loud whisper, " Its Lord Roden." 

Augh! for shame, humbugging the gen- 

aod he a stranger/' amd another ; " it 



98 



Hjiadness; or, 



isn't hia lordship at all at all^ sir] 
Rev. MortiTiier O'Sullivan." 

"Go 'long with you," intemipt 
"when did you ever see a minister 
coat ? I'll tell you who it is, sii 
Biccorder." 

'' Dinl a oue of yez kaow,' 
fourth, in a convulsion of laughter;^] 
making game of you, sir, it's Proi 
all the time. Murder alive I — 1 
steward, bring a basin — quick — yo\x\ 
into your berth, sir; Tin thinking 
doesn^t agree with your constitui 
Dufterer was speedily stowed away 
as he called it, and shut in ; a tuml 
whiskey and water, forced down 
tlie good-natured ofhciousneasi 
friends, to whom his innocence had i 
so much amusement^ certainly condooej 
comfort^ for it put him to sleep, 
decreased as moruing drew near. 
running into the bay, sir/' said 



run UNCLE. M 

lh» young officer arose, and went upon 

f)D hk right a lar^ moiiutam, connected with 
lid by a strip of country thickly co- 
urith Wllas, reared its head. " Thafs the 
of Ifuwthi sir," said one o^ his friends of 
fl%ht before; "on the other side is the town 
Ihe WBter-proof harbour. * ' 1 1\ front were the 
btiildings and rising smoke of n great 
; on hia left a range of mountains died 
in the homon; and at their foot lay the 
houses and whiter blocks of granite, of 
sixe, which composed the town towards 
their course was directed. Towards this 
of atone the steamer perseveringly 
Uirough a fleet of fishing-boats, and at 
(,tlie preparatory — " eaae her, " and the wel- 
gtop her/' announced that " the Mo- 
of Beeissebab'' was alongside the pier of 



Well, sir, how have you slept V' asked the 
stranger as they quitted the vessel ; 
r2 



oung stranger wa 
and hearty shout 
I, which he, c 
jh with the g 
ty, took to be a wel 
hmM; ''What f 
pit he« andj oonfo 
UTj looked hopeles^ 
(liis way, captabi 
Ig hia baggage,— 
■up to the Royal Bi 
, start B,^bad cess U. 
ftgs, your honour, 1< 
But I want to go 
l/' remonstrated 1 
I was piled upon wl 



THE UNCLE. 



101 



, — ^there, that side ; cup, you lazy garrori, 
it pndung a sermon to yourself you are this 
moming ;" and away they went at a gallop, 
behind alike the confusion of the dis- 
embarkation, and the shouting of the multitude, 
^■f which all that the young Sassenach could dis- 
^Bnguisli was something that sounded like 
^* Lang life to the Ldberathur ! O'Connell for 
ever !'* or something of that sort, 

Sfuldeuly it struck him that in discovering 
Ids professioii at a glance, his charioteer had 
displayed an intuitive perception which was 
vtrry remarkable^ not tg say mysterious, and, 
turning to the ragged figure that balanced him 
on the other «idc of the car, with a short black 
pifie in his mouth, be asked the not unnatural 
ilOMtioii, '* How did you know that I was an 

•'Och, let me alone for that," answered Pat, 
wrtb a wink of indescribable iignificance, '' sure 
I'm the boy to know an officer when I see him, 
long blc to their honours all the world over/' 



m 



hardness; or, 



"What an intelligent people !" thought 
JoliBaon, not quite aware that his driver's inl 
licence went precise^ so far a» to mmm 
that all yonng gentlemen of eighteen Uke 
called captain and no &rther» and thcT 
tinned their journey, which^ as they 
Dublin, was suddenly impeded by a long 
of jaunting cars, moving at a foot^s pace. 

"What is this?" a&ked he, 

" Micky Dooley's fiineralj your honour/' 

" WLo was Micky Dooley V* 

"Sure he kept a public-hoose in Th< 
street, captain.^' 

" Was he a very rich man, or what, tluit 
has such a funeral ?" 

** Divil a bit^ your honour, he was broke 
fore he died.'' 

" WTiat then, are these his friends h\ 
him at their own expense/^ 

" Faith it's little they'll spend upon his fujoi 
ral, — not a rap in money, only tlielr time» 
tain i but an ilhgint dinner the widdy 'U 



THE UNCLE. 



las 



•bisluagB of whiflkey aud tobacco ; sorrow 
liaporth of work one of them '11 do the 
RT, fjr the morrow either, hj the same token ; 
be atmg and drinking till ten o'clock 
bleised night, more power to them. Och, 
I, boocy, lot mc through. Now, your ho- 
Boor, we'll make ap the lost time in a minnit ;" 
t« breaking the line with the connivance of 
^m, he succeeded in getting under weigh 
agmia. Turning sharply the comer of Thomas- 
they came suddenly upon half-a-dozen 
jaiinting cars, just at the moment that 
^dliii^n^s driver waa describing to his fare 
di^pate in Tliomas-ttreet, aa those gentry 
term Emmetffl Rebellion in 1803. The ad- 
▼ehiclcB, aa is their custom when pro* 
in any numbers through the streets of 
iHn^ wore in ochellon ; that is, each not 
ly fijUowing its predecessors, but keeping 
little on one side : the driver of the first car, 
nobody before him to talk to, of course, 
iklnir back, aud carrying on an animaited 



104 hardness; ob, 

conversation with his next follower. This oi 
obliquely occupying the entire breadth of 
road, 19 exceedingly favourable to col 
and, upon this occasion, the leading car waa 
its wrong side. 

'* Keep your own side of the sthreet, 
blackguard/' howled out Arthur's carman^ 
an agony, — " hell to your soul^ keep your 
side of the street, and my blessing go wid ye» 

" My ovm aide of the street !" shouted 
other, jumping up on his box to avoid the ii 
pending crash, " my own side of the street ! 
Jasus, if the quarther of it was my own, 
wouldn't be dhriving a dirty car, I^d he J* 

'' It's nothing at all, your honour ; nerer 
captain," observed Wellington's driver, 
smash came, and terminated in hia fm^ 
" we've carried away his paddle box ; the 
mend him ; tache him better manners next tiJ 
ril engage. That's Kilmainham, your honoi 
great hanging they used to have there in 
old time,*' and a few minutes more beheld 



THE rXCLE. 



105 



young offficer deposited in safety at the Rich- 
mond Barracks. A stray corporal conducted 
Imn to the colonel, who turned him over to the 
adjutant, whoj having shown him to the pay- 
master, turned him over to the quartermaster, 
who turned him into a square, bEU'c, whitewashed 
foom, containing a table, two chairs^ fire-irous, 
itoder, a pair of bellows, an iron candlestick, 
and nothing else, except indeed a list of those 
valuable articles ; there he was left alone in his 
jr^ocy, with the satisfactory reflection that he 
wnm returned "present " in the muster rolls of 
tte 1 OOtb Regiment of Foot. 



v3 



L 



CHAFTER Vh 

TW9 «f lifttK mho wmw MiLrr dc Bui^li miof* 
^ ilfaiiTiTtTt aiDoa^ the piy&fi of Use giv, 
tW WiSaAt fatmdes of llic London seaaom. 



aAKDHESS; OR| THE FNCLE. 



107 



tm* could compete, even with his titles ajid 
fartttiie to boot, in such a heart as Mary's, 
:b those of the gifted^ high-minded VVaverton ; 
she bad sniTered herself to refuse the mau 
her hisut. The motive was sisterly^ but was 
P Sbe shuddered at the thought of the 
■lie wBa taJdng, and every day doubted 
and njore whether »he should be able to 
viftke up her mind to accept her new lover. His 
toid«hip, however, did not relajE in his suit. 
He FiTO went the annsual length of asking her 
la dmoce occasionally. 

' These, they'll be our na-a.vis/' said she, 
ofkc night, about a week or ten days after her 
ft^JQCtton of Waverton» as a telenrraphie inter* 
cdbugc uf nijdi furnished her with that indis- 
pcoeahlc article for a qimdrille : '^ let us stay 
htm*' 

*' Now to my mind," returned the youn^ 
ooMmiaa who enacted the part of her partner 
temporarily, until lus ap|K)intinent for life 
•iMiitId be conHrmed, " I hate that foreigneer- 






t€6 mj^MM%m^i om^ 1 


^ ^vk I fc BBC see wbr tbey sliciald not be H 


<yfed ov ^VMte : i &e KocKs^ Englisli lait ■ 


mm^a^Bti^i^fwrnrmmU" ■ 


'Big^^sii^^ifaiy, <*Fi^encli is ojed inetoyH 


ifa^iAMt a ^B^nBe. I thmk Bo^h tnfl»«H 


iHiiM oTiW %««§ vioald «mnd very odiijfl 


ym iwiM «KaHe if r^ vtse told to dneedtfH 


boi^orl^SKMier.^ J 


^ I «kk witfc ^ ar heart thej liaa bcOM 


kft m Fratcr tbc»,^ rrtnmcfl his lordafi^H 


ctv^H, ** saA plagt^g «# ^er are! it ia Bke beoi^ | 


on tkt tstmiimIL Xaw 1 should iske to haxc i I 



THB UNCLE. 



109 



U to supplant Walter ! I am really afi-aid 
sbmll not be able to endure him." 
" Now then," said the young savage^ as he 
lenced a somewhat boisterous avancez, 
it turn out,^ — what can't be cured must be 
iitrecl/' and he went through the figure with 
lach regularity aa could be expected. Little 
coQirersation followed between them, for 
WM pondering whether, richly as the pill 
pidcd, she could swallow it, and his lordship 
not exactly the sort of person to make con- 
[^erantion in a ball-room. 

•' Thank God, I've polihhed off that job !" 
hift lordship's polished remark^ as the dance 
inated: and he seemed to be in such a 
tarry to get rid of her, that the young latiy 
imediately sought her chaperon, leaving the 
gentleman to the consolations of Roman puncii 
id lotiister salad. Lady Loosely, upon her ap- 
pftMcli, nw that eveTy thing was not right, and 
oofzimrnced endeavouring to remove any un- 
CavfMirmble impression the young nobleman 





110 

isiglit hxwe been lo 
made upon the nund oi Ilk 

" He \m vefj fscscrntni^ 
" and leaDfr Maiy, foa 
•oBie otiwr kngoage Iku t^ of 
he b verr derer and food-natiired, and 
charitable — lie allxiwB tiiirtj^ poonda »* ji 
to the widows of thoae men tiuit he drove 
and killed at differanft tiiiiea. I>e«^ i 
i« that odious }ilrs. Pelican, with that 
iti^ crimson vidvet gown of hen. I am ttrcd to 
death of it. Lord Dimlara, do take tbat 
there, and offer it to Ikfnk Pelican." 

The innocent cat's-paw obered. Ttif ladi 
looked fint wistftdly at the chair« Iben 
at thunder at the offerer^ and slilBjr 
Lady Loosely smiled miacliievoualy. It 
cane bottom. 

'* The bird was too old to be eMi|^t 
chaff/' obsen^ed Lord Cubtovm* who cmme up 
at the moment, having laid in half*«n*ho«ir't 
«tock of lloman punch and champagno; 




THE UNCLS. 



Ill 



littic «a he was an authoritr upon matters of 
Imdie** dress^ Had already acquired some insight 
into the tmprefisibie character of velvet, from a 
cmiotts old shooting jacket he spent much of 
hi& time in* '* You must get up early in the 
Boniiiii?^ Duulara, if you want to catch her 

i think yoti might take your cousin di>wu 
to flvpper/' said Lady Loosely to Dunlarii, 
feeling that Lord Cubtown's elegances of lan- 
gQBge were producing an unfaTourable effect 
vpcrD Maiy's mind| dreading extremely her 
relapnn^ Loto the Waverton heresy ; and pro- 
paving, if possible, during their absence^ to 
cirire into the young and sporting nobleman's 

1, that some little improvement might be 
I, without much trouble or expense in 
hi* phntaeology, whidi, emphatic and often 
itgnrmti^e as it was, almost approaching to 
Orientalism, could hardly be considered suitable 
to m. druwing-room : if it was eloquence, it wjis 
fgiM«|»plied ; it basty if eloquence consists in 



HAKJ}yK99; OK, 



{mtttng apt words into apt places. Dim] 
fett kis cmtsin's anan tremble as she took his; 
lie looked in ber face, which was rather 
flciflliisd than usual, which, however, he attri^ 
bated to the scapegoat that bears the blame] 
of all the ontoward events in ball-rooms, xkt 
heat of the room; and they went down, 
were soon, in the regular coarse of thii 
vred^red in close to the supper table, so that 
was almost impossible to stir. Two yonng 
were occupied with the dissection of a fc 
dose to Manr* 

" Are rou not going to Mrs. Eligible's 
morrow night V* asked the one. 

"No,'^ answered the other; ''I found thi 
I had ridden into favour in that house u| 
Heavitree^s horses, that I had the tise of lor ; 
couple of months — you know they are rerr 
ones^ particuljirly the groom's — and abe thoi 
they were mine, and drew her iufermoes St* 
cordingly ; and some one or Other, seetzif ber 
mistake, humourt;d it, and told ber 1 had * 



TEE UNCLE. 113 

forttiQe; and wliea he came back^ and 
1 was dismouiited again^ she found out that I 
wad the yotmgest of seven^ and knocked me olf 
bcr gooci books directly — that was not bad, 

' Nov i^ ''^a* capital. How I enjoy seeing 
those aort of people caught \ Here comes De- 
tevaL \^lien I left him to-day, he was going 
ID je c Well, Delaval, did you see him V* 
^^ "Yci; poor fellow, he is dreadfully pulled 
^^kwn ; I never saw such a change in so sliort 
^^K tiine; he looks more like a corpse than a 
^^piixi^ man — that dead greyish colour; his 
^^^aeki ue fallea in shockingly, and he was iu 
^tay low spirits— did not seem to care a pin 
whether he lived or died." 
" But is he out of danger V* 
'* Why yea ; that is to say, the immediate 
d^ai^g^T ifi passed. The first medical man that 
wmB etUed in^ said, that his life was not worth 
fiwe houiw' purchase — he was raving. That 
ir of poor Lord Napier's with the Chinese^ 



5a was, tJiat he ha 
machine, made of 
i screws, to regiUe 
Oplaiueci bitterjy c 
te driiing imo thf 
t, tliej^ leeched ]; 
kered hini/and got 
bgth was entirely 
i^juat a question, i 
enough to carrj' h 
Do they know whs 
^o— not exactly; i 
^ i'erer; it h a 
soeii that lii-c halt 

in 1*A _^ 



THE rxcL£. : ; : 

day ; and though he read a sv^ cesk^ \2^ 
attended the house tctt re^rLJKrrr. I ian.; 
Ifciiik he over-studied. Whxi \ prj - -riij: 
be if any thin^ should happen to his — i* ▼--_ 
lie one of our best men if he irre«. 

" Yes ; and such a capital i^Z^^ %» i-t >. : >. 

jcgoined L»ord John. " It ra^.e cm §o «aii-i=-.7 — 

gave no ^wraming; somebodT :oId =:<c Trar tlar 

art of illness was often broiizLt oc 37 *z-ijerr 

of mind, gr^at grief, or diaapphirrrpyr.'L '.rr. 

Ftlimt €X>nld not hare been Li^ case.: I ^'i».r^ 

' Hiink he could hare nothing oa ri* miri." 

«* N"© ; he seemed one of the mo»t pr:»per>i.« 
men in Ix>ndon.'' 

" Who are you speaking of, Dela^^ ':' *»x*fi 
I>nnlara. " 'V\1io is it that tou lii^ 'tLL\iiiz vf 
•o coolly?'' 

*' Walter Waverton," 

Xo shriek burst from Maiy'* i:p* — *Le *>>m- 
presaed them with a convul-ive efort : the 
agony of that moment wa^ more than the Lu- 
man frame cotdd bear; a mist came over Ler 



le fell by her cousi 
u. 




CHAPTER VII. 

"Can I see Mr. Waverton?" asked Lord 
]>iiiilftrB, calling at the sick man's lodgings at 
tte (alter a ball) onusoally early hour of twelve, 
§ait he was really very much affected at the 
■lelancholy news he had heard for the first 
the night before; and not having been 
to the family transactions of the past week, 
floi^ht reasonably be supposed to feel some 
fittle curiosity as to the connexion between his 
friend's illness and his cousin's fainting fit, 
winch luui entirely taken him by surprise. 

" Nobody has been allowed to see him yet, 
■ir/* replied the servant who answered the door, 
•* except Lord John Delaval ; but 1 dare say 



118 



BARDNKSS; OE, 



he'U see you — the doctor is with him now — I'i 
go and inquire*" As be went np the staint f( 
that purpose, he eucoimtered the Esculapi 
and a whispering consultation took place 
tweeii them. 

" Oh, in that ciwe show him up" said th 
doctor, " but take care to admit nobody 
your master might not wish to see ; he mu»t 
be worried or irritated. Yoiir lordsbip 
find Mr. Wavertou very weak and pulled dcmOt 
but I hope in an improving state ; he has hftd h 
hard bout of it, but I trust will yet get tlurongfa ; 
a little cheerful conversation with an old 
will do him good : but I must be^ tbat yoa 
remember, that the moment you observe 
least symptoms of weariness on his part, 
will take your leave. In his condition ai 
and body — ^you understand, my lord— «?▼«> tbe 
eimipany of an old friend may, after a 
prove exhausting/' 

A painful contrast met Lord DunUra's 
when he entered the bcd-ix>om» for tbe invaltd 






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119 



bad not us yet attempted to leave bis bed. 
^mnrUm, alvRvs a man of luxurious habits^ 
liimisbetl his sleeping-roor^, u spacious 
wnd ainr apartment, from which all tokens of 
such aa pliials^ spoons, &c., bad been 
removed, with more expense even 
is usually bestowed upon sitting-rooms i 
ibat came from the impenetrable empire 
JapAn ; glass bright with the vivid hues of 
; ricJily carved wardrobes, apparently 
Flemijth manufacture^ that looked aa if they 
have witnessed the butcheries of Alva ; 
a looking^glaas that a cameleopard might have 
admired his ful] length in ; a dressing-table, 
^Uttering like a jeweller's window ; a rich hea\y 
that the footsteps died in ; and a bright 
glraming over all — for Waverton had a pe- 
fkDCj tor a glare of light— gave an air of 
ffplendoiir aiid even cheerfulness that accorded 
littJe with the pallid dweller in this chamber 
of light* He lay listlessly in the bed, just in 
the tinUs that Lord John had described him 



120 



the night before, his hair neglected, hi« 
plerion of one sad^ uniform, greyish ting^ 
ghastly hollow was clearlr perceptible 
his jawB and cheek-bones^ his eye was h< 
and languid, and a beard of some days' 
added to the haggardness of hia 
for the want of energy peculiar to his 
had prevented his shaving ; a table stood at tl 
head of the bed, with a few books and 
phlets, whose undisturbed order however shoir< 
that they had not been resorted to by the 
ferer ; and he received Dunlara gladly indi 
and with apparent gratitude, but with an 
of hopeless depression that it was saddening 
look at. 

** Have they got a pair for me?'* was hia 
question, '^ Delaval did not know." 

" No more do I/' answered Dunlara, *• I 
heard last night by accident that you 
or I should have been here long ago. 
has been the matter with you f" 

*' Something by way of a fever, 1 fkocj ; 



THB UNCLS* 



121 



WM xtfry bad while it lasted ; it was a dreadful 

inflietion at nigbt. When my eyes shut, and the 

V ireiit to sleep, the mind would not. I used 

: tw'v 9iicb strange fancies : I thought at one 

Ume that I was the downs at Brighton, and 

-' " I suddenly took to rolling forwards like 

: t«ave« of the sea; I used to be tired to 

#«itb of being awake, and yet used to dread 

ffDin^ ta iilcep, it was so horrible a sensation/' 

*• Wcll» old fellow, cheer up, however : the 
vcmt w orer, you are better now." 

** So the doctors say, but I do not feel it ; my 
fltovagtb is quite gone — 1 feel that I can uot 
Hiet better, thank God/* 

Well, upon my soul I never thotUd have 
titoai^t of thanking God for that : you must not 
despond in tliat manner. VVe'l] have you off 
Da ia the Emerald for sea air in August. 
and I are going to visit the gowrnor*H 
in the iaj west ; weil show you a stag, 
bay ; you shall have a shot at a regular red 
you'll like the country^ it is so 

TOl- II. O 



122 



HAmDXKSa; Oft, 



esmnrdmaij^ ao desert ; Fmlokl that diere 
pbces there wbefe roa may stsnd vpcm tlie 
of m liigb bill, and aee loimd joa for miles 
miles, and jet not see a Ehigle man, 
hcNtse, dexkce, road» or tree; not a HTiog 
but an ea^ or two, vbo seem to wonder 
cLe denl yon got there, and to be 
iudiiied to commeace an actioD of trespaaa^ 
cording to the manner of eagfea. But I 
why did not yon write to kt na know that 
were so ill r' 

Waverton looked inquiriiigljr at the 
as much as to say, " How can joii aak audi 
question ?'' but there was nothing in the 
sion of the yonng lord's face to show that 
knew anything of the events of the bat 
days, which the sick man was well aware 
led directly to his illness. After a auiment^ 
hesitation, he asked, 

" Have you heard nothing of what ha* pt«sed 
within the last week, between your family 
mer 



THE trffCLB- 



123 



^^t up 
Kd t)oirti 



Not a word/' 

Tben I suppose I must tell you : just give 
that paper cutter, my fingers are getting 
J. You must know, Dunlara, that — to 
est matters short, I proposed to Miss de Burgh, 
and wms Accepted. I went home in the highest 
thinking all was right, and I wa& to 
it upon Lord Innismorc when he retumetl 
You may recollect the other day my 
leaving yon and Hooker, to get a note from my 
wcrtMsxt, which I supposed was a summons from 
yum fiitlier ; to my horror I found that it was 
m letter from Lady Loosely, telling me that 
iiord Innlsmore would not suffer the mntch, 
and, what was worse, that Miss de Burgh had 
^Bpreed to the breaking it o(t. This I could not 
^Htfeve; 1 went to Grosrenor-square, but could 
not aee her, — I went to Lady Loosely, who 
y that she had no iuHuence with 
Imii«more ; she Ixad only written what he 
ted told her; the was very sorry for my disap- 
pointment, bat bad nothing whatever to say to 
q2 



124 



HARDNE86 : OR, 



it- 1 then wrote to 3^fiss de Borgh^ enl 
that she wouJd see me^ or at all events gire 
an assurance under her own hand that her ft 
ings towards me had andergone the change tl 
was represented, for I could not help 
that »he was in some way or other under 
fiuUionj and received an answer from 
^riug me my final dismissal, that waa so 
festly dictated by Lady Loosely, that I tl 
it into the fire in a passion* And now I aak y 
Duiilara, do you wonder that I do thank 
most sincerely that I feel mj^'self rapidly unki] 
into the grave ?" 

Dunlara jumped up, and hastily paced 
and down the room. " I expected soiues 
of this sort from the old carl/* thought 
'* but that Mary should accept him one 
and refuse him the next, is too bad. 1 had 
better opinion of her, — that fainting fit, 
last night, when she heard he waa 
ill! I should like to know what it meant : 
father htia bullied her into it, and Ladv 



Hi 



THE UNCLE. 



125 



hM3 got round her in some manner, — that she 
devil ! she is always after some intri^e or ma- 
I had better not tell Waverton about 
KoweTer. My dear Walter," said he, aloud, 
depend upon it matters are not so bad as you 
think ; that Mary has been bullied into this 
conduct I have no doubt ; it is 
contrary to her nature and her disposi- 
; and of course when once they have got 
npper hand of her, they have no difficulty 
inakitig her write whatever they please. I 
about it; I may yet have good news 
;, and right glad I shall be." He took 
k'l hand, and shuddered at. the fearful 
with which he felt the bones 
Ihc skin of his attenuated fingers, 
** No/* retomed the other, '* my career is 
Lwing fast to a close. Even if I did recover, 
id that Lord Innismore did change his mind, 
ooold not, after what has happened, look for 
from Miss de Burgh. My heart is 
Ij Donlara, my confidence in human na- 



tiring, 



126 



UAEI>XSSS; OR, 



txare, in woman^s nature, which I believed to 
far Ab boit of the two, u shattered ; the spiii 
of life arc broken within me, and the 94 
the machine stops the better. And what 
death?'' Here his countenanoe changed^ 
expresaiou of hopeless despondency di^ap] 
and its place was occupied by a ghjistlT 
the bitter levity of desperation^ that lai 
because earth holds nought more it cau 
for» " The vulgar form their idea of deiiUi 
an apothecary compounds his medicine from 
receipt ; they take a sufficient quantity of ph 
and hearses, and motiruers, and a grave, and 
colfin, and the rattle of the doda upoo its 
and cold, and darkness, and oblivion, and they 
say that is death. That is not death — the 
know it not, heed it not, want it not, tear il 
not. The ponderous mass of black vclTct 
brass nails that you will see, in a few 
hence, placed upon a black platfcrm in one o£ 
the cemeteries, lowered down by uiachijiefT 
with a clanking noiBe> dismiaaed with thiet 



tear it^ 
5t awH 



THE UXCLE. 



127 



lumdfuls of dust, and safely deposited in a recess 
fike tHc bin of a cellar^ there to abide decay, 
will not contain Walter Waverton ; it will con- 
tain fleahj day, gra&s^ dust, a^hes^ wliat you 
a mere wrapping — cast-off — rejected — 
— onlamented. Walter Waverton 
will care no more for it than yon do for 
hair that falls fironi your head upon the 
% under the hand of the hairdresser, and is 
swept away by the housemaid ; than you care 
the parings of your nails. No, Dunlara, to 
tboae who are sick at heart, death is not an 
ipriaoomentj it is a release 1 the soul disen- 
tbered is at liberty and at rest. We ieel 
no more the clogs of the flesh, the shame oi 
our weikncsaciy our littlenesses, the bending oi 
the soul to the body, the isolating curse of self- 
■thnft*, the pitiful hclpleasness that leaves our 
happioeaa, our self-respect, our very existence, 
mt the caprice of a fickle girl, or a manoeuvriug 
womant or an ambitious guardiau. We revolt 
no more at the grimed and defiled steps of the 



128 



UilRDXESS; OS, 



ladder of ambition. We are saddened no an 
by the depressiiig conviction of experience, 
tlie pleasures, the objects we ao eagerlj purai 
are valueless when they are grasped. We wi 
slaves — we are tree. It was darkness — ^it h 
light. Is it nothing to be element ? no loi 
matter — to be spirit ; bodiless, fetterless spirit- 
to be in the air, and mark the lightning form* 
ing in the dond, and know why it forms, ani 
where its pitiless flash will strike — to watch 
tempest afar off, and know why it comes — whi 
it boils, and foams, and smites, and dcsolmteSy 
it may fulfil its appointed task in the unpai 
working of the universe. Is it nothing to 
the hearts of men, and* trace every separate | 
jiction to its real motive ? To be in the cmrth, 
and observe the strata piled in its doe order^' 
rank upon rank for ever, the pent-up eleineii- 
tary fire struggling in its everlasting bondage, — 
the diamond hardening, — the dark workings of 
the mine, — ^the strange vivifying principle tluit 
clothes the surface in verdure, — ^to scan at last 




THE UNCLE. 



129 



and understand that mysterious principle of 
rq>rodiieti0ii, of generation^ that the wise ineu 
of the olden timej the sages of Egypt and 
AmjtU, gai^ on in wonder, tiU its iucompre- 
hmsible powers and beauty dazzled them, and 
tiiC7 fell down and worshipped it ? Alas, that a 
irtcr ftge should have forgotten its beauties I 
It nothing to be on the sea, and say, ' For 
do the tides flow V To scan tlie 
gn^wtlt of its coral islands j to examine its dark 
bcHSCNn rich with the wrecks of agea^ — ^to be in 
tlbe hcftirens and feel the gigantic bonds^ the 
chains that keep mUlions upon mil- 
of coloiaal bodies moving with almost 
niiniitmhlo impnlse, at immeasurable distance, 
with inconceivable rapiditj^^ each in its allotted 
that it cannot leave, — to exchange tlie 
where the governing principle is the love 
of mskff for the universe where the eternal law 
is the lore of all ? And to see, to feel, to un- 
id all these things, what is the cost ? — the 
pay to range space^ the toll at the gate 
o3 



130 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



of etemitj,^ — a little pain, perhaps, — ^a Httle 
that we are ashamed of, — ^a little sorrow for 
fifienda^ distress, — a little gasping for bceatl 
ix little rattle in the throat, — and then*' — 

During this rhapsody Diinlara had s&t 
fectly still, utterly unable to offer either ol 
vation or reproof, so overwhelmiug waa 
tergy with which the sick man had Isluxh 
forth into his dreamy speculations: but now 
it was over, he of course proceeded to slop it 

" My dear fellow/' said he, ** yon mint 
talk in that way ; the doctor gave strict 
that you should be kept quiet — you 
frighten me ; here you have boeu moving 
ven and earth for the last ten minutca^ till 
brain's whirling. 1 shall not be able to 
lect a card for the next fortnight, and all 
because Mary does not know her own 
and my governor like» peers better tliaii 
monen. Now lie stilly fiur God^a take;*' Ibc a 
second bmt aoemed to be on the poinl 
breaking forth ; " u|)on my honour if; 



THK INCLE. 



131 



^Kion, 111 leaTe jou. Now just listen to reasou, 
^HU ytm ? In the first place^ it is not clear to 
^fcC nm I told you before, that Mary has beeu 
fiirlj treated by the elders ; that I must make 
■ly business to inquire about ; in the second, I 
do not know that my father ia inexorable, once 
lie IS made acquainted with the true state of 
the eamo; in the thijrd, I dare say that Lady 
Ijoot9»e]j may be got to interfere, and I know 
that her influence over the earl ia much greater 
ho would like to have described ; and in 
fryurth, Mary will in all human probabiHty, 
U, if aU those gigantic bonds that you are 
anxious to be speculating in, hold fast — ^are 
tecuritics — and keep old Father Time up 
Idi vork properly, at some not very distant 
come of age, when her guardian's ant ho- 
ritj aiU cease ; and then instead of burrowing, 
cv dtring, or swimming, or ll>^ng, as you pro- 
pose, yoa may marry an uncommonly nice girl, 
wlucfa I should consider much better fun." 
Warerton shook his bead ; he was evidently 





132 



HAADXESS; OR, 



exhausted by having impradently given wiyJ 
to his excited imaginatioti, an effort which \m\ 
impaired strength was little able to support. 
'* God bless you, Dunlara," he said in a feeble 
voice; "^you know I told you I was delirious a few 
days ago; I suppose you think I am raving stilL 
Leave me now^ for I think that I could sleep ; 
but whenever you have an hour to spare, come 
and see me : but, by the bye, you must not say 

or do anything more about the matter I 

was telling you of, I really cannot appear as 
a suppliant, and my feelings, after having be< 
used as I have been, are not what they were." 

*'That will do for the marines," observed 
Viscount to himself^ as he cloaed the door 
him, which formula for expressing disbeU< 
he had picked up at a ball on board a 
decker at the Nore ; " but upon my honour 
do not think it safe leaving him alone ; he might 
try and find a short cut to those incomprehen- 
sible things that he admires so much. Thomas, 
aa your master does not shave regularly now, 




THE UNCLE. 



133 



rou might take the opportunity of get- 

his raxors gharpened; and, do you hear, 

need not \e&ve them back again till the 

tells you. Is he coming back to-day ?" 

Yes* «ir, at six this evening." 

WcH^ then, tell him that Mr. Waverton was 

ig very wildly; — I could not stop him — it 

no fault of mine — bnt he was very much 

Veiy well, sir,'' returned the man, "Fll 
id to it." 

He must he a clever fellow, tliat Waverton," 
i|^ht the Viscount ; '' I wonder what the 
p£| it was all about f" 



m vm. 



m do joa find 
ladj Looselj^ as 

f the momiTig niter 



hardness; OE^ T0E uncle. 



135 



^eitou was exceedingly ill: i^orant of the 
principal motive that governed Marj^s actions, 
the vasy it miL&t be admitted^ somcvhat aaton- 
allied at tHe n^ulinesa with which she had sur- 
nmdeted mich a man as Waverton for his 
miworthy competitor. One of the only fiiends 
«he h^ really loved^ was Mary's mother; in 
tlie daughter she took an interest almost ma- 
icmal ; and worldly-minded as she was, she 
was uot a mere vulgar match-maker. Mary's 
xcml aabstautial happiness would^ in her mind, 
liav'e Car oat*weighed any considerations of rank 
or wc^th; and ready as she was to support 
Ix^rd Ctibtown's pretensions against Warerton^ 
whcti^ it appeared that he was the more eligible 
iBatcli of the two^ she would have been just as 
t^m^y ^ e&ert her influence in favour of the 
letter* bad she once been satisfied that Maiy's 
feeJioK* '"^ere really deeply interested in the 
qu€=«tiau. Tim her own experience of the world 
]^«] Iter to doubt; the young lady would not 
^ <*^ now ledge that she had thrown over the man 




to wnt«^ — boi I AanM reaDr like lo kD0v, 
Hmrff what joq flunk abowt Lord OA^ttm^ 
Yon know tbat tout QDck ud Lord Moditf* 
hacfe ftlroftd J oome to » sort of agicoMit i^ 



THB UNCLE. 



137 



jrou fttid him, tlmt only awaits your decision^ 
that you may be called upon to give that 
m at any moment that he can screw up 
bis cotunge to the point. I positively thought 
wft one time last night, that he was going to aak 
me to do it for him; now, your letter^ you 
luiow^ broke off definitively with Mr. Waver- 
too, and 3rou really should be prepared how 
toact.^ 

Poor Mary was about as little prepared how 

to act MM erer was young lady, blessed with 

twn KtringB to her bow^ a perilous state of su- 

pcr6aitj, apt to produce unpleasant results, or 

titW, ]iOD«ramlt9 ; as many a disappointed 

fair one knows well, though they rarely uubo- 

MQ themaelvea on the subject. Her mind was 

pMiMni*tos8cd by varied and contradictory 

**Bfitioii9 ; the had deliberately, and for a spe- 

^ porpooc of her own, rejected Wnverton, 

■*4y«t ilie waa nettled at the little exertion he 

""•^ to re-establish himself in her good graces, 

^"'^ Wis not altogether pleased at being taken 



198 



BJLRDNZSS; OR^ 



ao miespeoledJy al her word, for she was i| 
niQt that what ^e oonsiderod his hasty at 
donment of his suit was oocaaioaed bj 
sudden and violent iUness. She had hall 
«>lred upon accepting Cubtown, yet whei 
he approached her, her repugnance to 
rented. She had no particular decision of 
own to giTe in the question, and so boi 
an observation of Lady Loosely^s for the 
aion* "You know/' she said^ ''how ol 
my unde ia, and how difficult it is to 
wiU/^ 

"WeQ, but have you made np your 
to have Lord Cubtown ?" 

*' 1 really have not bad time to make up 
mind at all ; besides* you know he haa not 
me yet. He is very odd, is he not V^ 

" Oh, yes, we expect you to cure him of all 
that sort of thing; you mu:^t [>eniiBde htoi 
that he is not to come into society, m the 
coat he smokes in ; and to talk a little 
English^ and a little letw Sportiiig 





TBK UKCLX. 



139 



be might sometimes manage, too, to do ^ith a 
ittle less daset'' 

•' We coold assist Henry/' said Mary, and a 
smile lighted her countenance; ^' my uncle 
be aa angry with him as he pleased, then/' 
ThB doubts OQ Lady Loosely's mind cleared 
IT in an instant before these words. Tliere 
a high and haughty expression in Mary's 
cgrc;» and the conviction came like the flashing 
of Ltgbty that it was not a mere sordid pre- 
bMUCe of rank and wealth, that had occasioned 
Hie young ladjr's half acceptance of Lord Cub- 
; she looked again at the fair girPs face, 
Ay had reassumed its sway — the sacri- 
fice was something fearful to contemplate. 

"Get on your things, my love/' said she 
kindly, and almost compassionately ; " we will 
like a stroU in Kensington Gardens, to clear 
four Itttk head* I shall go down to the drawing. 
room, and amuse myself while you are dressing, 
trying if 1 can tind any likenesses in the Book 
ai Beauty." 



140 



HABBNESS; OR, 



Her ladyship was too well aware how ho| 
such a search would be, to attempt any 
of the sort : she proceeded at onoe to Lord 
nismore's study ; determined to make an 
to persuade him to be reasonable, if he 
not be chjuitable, about Henry. She k 
him unhappily more enraged against him 
ever, — a gossiping letter that the worthy di 
whom she found closeted with the earl, 
just received, and communicated to his 
having given such a character to the 
stances of Henry^s marriage, as to make 
appear that poor Henry had in the first 
with dishonourable intentions treacbt 
supplanted Mr. Hopewell in Arabella's 
tions ; and, in the second, that so far trm 
having voluntarily married, he had been forcJ 
into the match against his will, upon the di^ 
covery of his designs* That this repoit «*• 
set about by Mr. Hopewell, waa not for ^ 
instant to he supposed ; but the good ftf^ 
of Ganton had got hold of the three 



THE rXCLE. 



141 



tiiablc 6icU| in the first place, that Mr. Hope- 
well had t>een an admirer of Arabella ; in the 
«eooiicl» tbat there had been a difficulty of some 
•Oft or kind, about Henry's marriage with her ; 
wm^ in the third, that Mr. Hopewell had left 
Keiunrortb in consequence of his disapj)oint" 
VMsnt ; iiiicts, which, as tlie adepts in the Com- 
poaite order of architecture, after which the 
Temple of Humour is constructed, well know, 
vonld form a foundation abundantly sulEcient 
to support any superstructure of lies, that might 
\m rsiflcd upon it. 

•"Thcii you see/' said he, as he completed 

^ narration of poor Henry^s atrocities to 

UAy Lootdy, " scarcely a day passes without 

tty hearing of some fresh blackguardism of his; 

ttd irhaf s worse, I'm told now, that an uncle 

^ his, — O roy God, an uncle I — ^has just diad 

•Bui left them some money, that he mjide by 

^fntm smuggling, and cheating the native 

Princes in India. I wish to heaven he were in 

tltect 1 HowcYCTi ill-gotten gains never 



the 




142 HARDXESS; OR, 

pfoeper : tliank God, I sliaU Bee lam a bi 
jct.*' 

Ladj Loosely felt that this wba no 
to intrude the subject of forgiveness. " 
do you think of going abroad. Lord 
more ?" asked she 

" Ob, by the bye, doctor/' said the e»rl^ 
you made out what spa I ought to go to? 
have been reading about Sehwalbaeh 
Schlangenbad." 

''Is it where the snakes do be siri] 
about in the water, my lord? Sure your lordsl 
wouldn^t like to have the poisonous 
twisting about you in the bath^ like the 
story of Laocoon, I read of at college V* 

'' Or Wiesbaden/' 

'* Well, my lord, that's the gouty spu; 
indeed, I don*t think it's a good place for a 
member of the Church of England ; sure the 
Quarter Sessions hotel is full of the Jews 
that come to wash themselves from Frank. 
fort/' 



THE UNCLE. 143 

" Wbat sort of a place is Ems V 
" £ina !*' said the doctor, casting a hesi- 
tating glance at Lady Loosely, '' I don't think 
Ems would suit your Lordship's complaint ; its a 
female spa, my lord, there's where the ladies go 
when they have been some time married, and 
baven't as many children as they think they 
ought to have." 

'* Oh, that does pot concern me," said Lord 
Innismore hastily ; " what are the qualities of 
the Baden waters ?" 

'* Mighty bad qualities, my lord, they collect 
all the blacklegs in Europe; such gambUng, 
such flirting, such fighting as goes on; sure 
they have christened one of the springs the Hell 
Spring, and one of the rocks the Divil's Pulpit. 
Fishing in troubled waters, sure enough, for 
them that go to Baden. It's a great place for 
shower baths though; they've got a new sort with 
squirts, I'm told ; for they call the house it's 
in, ' The Syringer Hotel.' " 

'' Is Franzensbad likely to do me any good ?" 



lU 



hardness; or, 



" Sure tliey smother you in the mud 

my lord ; they put you sitting up to your 

■ 

in a bog Uke a snipe : mighty likely place for 
frog to recover its health in, I dare say ; Iral 
should thiuk a queer sort of treatment for 
Christian, — a British peer 1 mean." 

'^What's the name of that place the King 
I^avaria goes to ?*' 

''Bruckeuau; oh yes, that's the Part^irrei 
I don^t think that^s the sort of water ydur 
ship requires ; sure it works popish miracles ; 
cured Priuce Hohenlohe after he had failed 
cure himself. Fm thinking the using tl 
would be a premunire," Tlie doctor had an ide 
that the word " Parterre^^ meant some i>ecuJi 
sort of mineral water; what its nature was he had] 
not the shghtest couceptiou, but his valiant sftd 
almost unprecedented resistance to his patrcm'* 
suggestions had arisen from his haring made up 
his mind that there was only one place whither he 
could venture to send his noble patient. Ac 
had read that Carlsbad waar the " H6pital dc 



THE UNCLE. 



145 



; ihtt its waters cured all complaints. 

not the slightest idea in what class of 

be should place Lord Innismore, and 

timt the comprehensive qualities of the 

lei would include his patron's case, (lie was 

finr the earl had nothing the matter with 

rcBolved that Carlsbad should be the 

He had better have left well alone. 
roQ know anything about Carlsbad ?" 

*B the place I was tliinking of recom- 
your lordship to go to : it's an aristo- 
•pnng, the Carlsbad. All the nobility 
I the crlcbritiea and the princes of the con- 
go there ; it's just the place for a noble- 
wbcD he it indisposed. I shoittd think it 
nut Torur lordship's constitution." 
'Well, in a fortnight or three weeks we must 
^ibout going ; I shall want you, doctor, you 
r, — cannot get on without you. There's 
^comfort, the Channel will roll between me 
•Cftpegrace nephew of mine." 

»L II. E 



146 



hardness; or, 



'^ He is perfectly dcrooDiac about Heniyj 
said Lndy Loosely to herself as she left 
room. She found her voting ehargt? in 
improved humour ; she had just received a 
gantic houquet with Lord Cubtowii's com] 
ments ; Lady Loosely was not lew pkdised 
this indication of dawning civilization, 
was positively some hope of reclaiming 
and thev started on theii* drive in much 
spirits than was at all to be expected nni 
the circumstances. 

It was a brilliant spectacle, the assemhl 
in the Gardens. The band of one of the 
ments of household cavalry was playing 
the trees ; the green turf seemed covered 
a variegated assemblage of colours run mnil 
every conceivable variety of tint wtw gUtt 
and fluttering in the sunshine; the gajRTO*^] 
was there imder pretence of lisrteniiig to ^\ 
music ; the scene altogether was cshiki*^^ 
and Mary felt herself growing more nnd 
disposed to be pleased with crery thing, 



THE UNCLE. 147 

^uded, when Lord Cabtown approached the 
mken fence upon an uncommonly handsome 
rah, which she thought she should hke to ride 
mazingly. Much to her astonishment, and not 
588 to that of Lady Looselv, his lordship upon 
Being them forthwith cantered round to the 
ootr, consigned his steed to the charge of his 
;rooin, and joined them. 

" Grood morning. Miss de Burgh/' said lie. 
' How do you get on now ? you were properly 
loored last night.'' 

" Thank you, I am a great deal better now. 
I was rather unwell last night, but I have quite 
got over it." 

" Thaf 8 right, stick to that, there's nothinjr 
like condition. I hope you have got the nose- 
gay I made bold to send you." 

" Oh yes. I am so much obhged to you, — 
4ey are the most delicious flowers." 

" Yes, trust me for that, I told them to go 
the whole h<^ : d — ^n the expense. What's the 
h2 



148 



hardness: OS, 



odds as long as you're kappy? they said chiy! 
were tip-top ones, and no mistake/' 

" They are reaUy very beautiful. 1 shall wear] 
them at Lady Daventry'sj this evening." 

" Eh ! where did you say you're going V* 

" To Lady Daveu try's ; do not you 
her ?" 

'* No," said his lordship, looking for the vt 
first time in his lile, exceedingly blank at 
being asked to a ball ; " does she give ai hop Tj 
conlouud it ! it's too late now. I shall not 
able to come an invitation by no maimer of 
means. What shall I do ?" as if Mary coukl 
have told him. 

Lady Loosely could help him in his distress. 

" rU get you an invitation with great plea* 
sui'e,^' said she, exceedingly amused at his lord* 
ship's new-born fancy for balls* *• Lady Da- 
ve ntry is an old liicnd of mine ; I'U call and 
ask her for one as we are going home/' 

" Oh, thank you, my lady, ' a firiend in metd 
is a Mend indeed / we'll do a bit of light fan* 



T9S FN CLE. 



149 



tmlir. Miw de Burgh," returned he, with a 
sn^tilar, sprawling motion, intended to repre- 
icnt some step or other. ** What do you think 
I' re been doing, Lady Loosely ? Fve just been 
to StofT and Mortimer's, ordering a diamond 
necklace* and things for the ears and forehead : 

'h a set! all brilliants, every one of them; 
Frost and Norton all to chalk." 

" WTiy, what in the world do you want with 

diamond necklace?" inquired her ladyship, 
jtill more delighted with the noble youth's 
^Mmiodic attempt at courtship. 

■* Olt, we «hall see ; wait till you 8ee a certain 
TOUfii^ lady that shall be nameless, with her 
tied np in diamonds. 



* Ob, iDf love b like the red red ro§e. 
Tlut iweetly bLowi iu June/ 



'• Mntiment for you \" 
M mry was •oraething like the red red rose at 
f lie inoroent ; for the evident destination of 
^1^^ d^ininonds and the coarseness of her noble 



150 



nARDNBSS; OR, 



suitor's allasioa to tliem^ had made her bl 
like tire. 

" You must have some very, Tery deep 
tliat you will not let us into. Lord Cabtoini»^ 
fiaid Lady Loosely^ laughiug heartilT. " I 
kuew that you were so very gallant u 
as jou appear to be uow." 

" Oh, you'll be up to the whole Uiing 
enough," rejoined the youth, " * the more 
the worst speed/ HoUoa, there^s Tom H< 
Tm off, a$ the bal I said to the cannon. Good 
ladies ;" and he departed to make tender 
ries touehing a certain bull-dog» that at 
moment divided his thoughta witb ^lary 
Burgh. 

*' ReaUy, my love, this is something 
iug," said Lady Loosely, as be cantered 
•* positively Bruin is tamed." Mary made 
answer. *' He certainly is very cocenl 
thought she, ** but then he is so clever i 
generous ;'' and she drove home better 
eiled to his lordship than she bad hiilierto 



TOE UNCLE, 



151 



r the Lord Harry/' ran the young gen- 
tleman's reflectiauSj " if I get on at this rate, I 
#hall flo. I never knew what a clever fellow I 
WMB at making love before ; she was laughing 
and smiltng as ciril as a barmaid all the time ; 
if the pace lasts, I shall win with a fortnight to 
•parr." 

The fmct wB»f that his lordship, at about 
tliffee o'clock that mornings had adjoumod to 
Cwocktord'n, and two or three other men having 
come in from the ball where Mary de Burgh 
6iiited^ her sudden illnessa had been the topic 
of con veraation ; and Lord Cubtown, nettled at 
I^ord John Delavali who it will be remembered 
waft ektte to her at the time, and was well ac* 
c|ttaint4!d with all the parties^ having made some 
temarkji npon its liaving taken place at the 
precue moment that she heard of Wavertou^s 
dangerously ill, had backed himself tif- 
liundrcd to twelve, to produce her aa Lady 
Cuhtowti, on the course ou the Legcr day. 



CHAPTER IX. 



Henry and Arabella had now been 
time married ; the first week they were of < 
delirious, but latterly the lucid intervals 
become more frequent, and of longer duration. 
The bridegroom had got back to bis work, — the 
unravelling of the most curiously eompomidril 
of polysyllabic words and simplifying the 
elaborately incomprehensible of spcculatti 
ideas, reducing mysticism to English^ wl 
plain practical language received its 
sister from the banks of the Elster with mi 
the sort of welcome a cat accords to a terriiiri 
and the bride had returned to her labours 
lambs wool, out of which gentle material 
was employed in delineating upon cmnrMM, 



Ujir&xess; or, the uncle. 



153 



type of ferocity, a Turk oo horseback, with 

a djmwn sabre, after one of those Berlin pat- 

tema, the opprobrium of English industry, that 

has left the industrious among ladies so long 

dependent upon a foreign capital for their pat- 

lerus. Thus employed, her frame touching his 

Lahle, they sat together, in the cheerful little 

dm;iritig*room^ sharing about as reasonable a 

degree of felicity as is to be looked for on this 

side <3{ the grare, for each was occupied ; aud 

a flingle glance of the eye enabled either to 

y the sight of the object most beloved ou 

CATth. The arrival of the letters roused them 

Urom tiieir tasks, and the following curious spe- 

of correspondence fell to Henry's share : 



" My dear Mr. Henry, 

•' I have beeu directed by the Right Honble. 

I>orti your uncle, to inform you that you are no 

bis nephew or blood relation at all, any 

; and that you are not to expect any 

^gppoft from him, especially to see his lord- 

hS 



\S4 



u A^ 1 am aoTTT to waj tltftl 
m^ k^tUT with jau, for demi 
■i his^ «s(l Miss Mfti^% mad 
■d Mr. WiiliKn* br vour m* 
ht m fotO^ ^ the G^man spa. I 
; IB mid isf u Miytiihti oiia tin jour wc 
f wmA vis^ mpects to vwmt hkdy^ imi, 

•* Hanian?d Sir, 

^ Yoon to CQintniind, 

'• J. HlGGl.SS. 



f mt tlii* 



.K«* 



THE rxcix- 1-^ 

'' He never cared a pin about me,** replied 

Henry, '' and I'm sure IVe link readoo to >:are 

much about him. He got me mr promtodoc* 

to be sure ; but that was nothinz bn: tHt.-.It 

pride, and he was so enraged at mj jellinz znv 

oommission, that I doubt whether he ever wxiLd 

see me again, under anj circnmstancei. I 

know he wanted to ship me off to the Soath 

Seas, to some island or other that nobodj erer 

beard of before, that was on none of the map-*. 

so that I never should be heard of again. 

However, Fm content, I'm twice as happy as I 

ever was before, and ten times as happy as I 

deserve to be ; so Lord Innismore may go to 

the devil, and probably wiO." 

" For shame, Henry, you must not talk that 
way. Here's a letter from Juliana." This epi>tl* 
had occupied that young lady some part of thr 
previoos morning, and though it may be con- 
sidered unreasonably and imnaturally short for 
ft young lady^s letter, nevertheless it will be 




i mnf to any ihAi 

ilii yo«, for dcm 
Mm Haiyt «^<i Lunl 

Sua, br Toitr marriage ; 

e GenBmn sjia. I be^ 

ituktioaa on your wed- 
to pitsr hk^r, am, 

mircd Sir, 

f 01119 lo oomnjami, 

" J. DiooiJft.' 



TBE UXCLE. 



155 



** He never cared a piu about me," replied 

and I'm sure I've little reason to care 

about him. He got me my promotions 

Id be sure ; but that was nothing but taniily 

inile* and be wan so enraged at my selHug my 

lission^ that I doubt whether he ever would 

se again^ under any circumstances. I 

be wanted to ship me off to the South 

to some island or other that nobody ever 

of before, that was on none of the map*, 

that I never should be heard of again. 

lowcvcr, I*m content, Tm twice as happy as I 

before, and ten times as happy as 1 

to be; so Lord Innismore may go to 

the denl, and probably will/' 

" For Khamc, Henry, you must not talk that 
*ty. Here's a letter from Juliana/' Tbis epistle 
^ uccupied that young lady some part of the 
t^criotis moniing, and though it may be con- 
•deied umvasonably and unnaturally short for 
• yoQng lady's letter, nevertheless it will be 



158 



hardness; or. 



hour before luncheon time, to teach uie 
waltz, which is absolutely indispensable in 
don high life ; and he says, that it is a 
me not waltzing, for it would show off ray 
to such advantage. However, we hare got 
more balls in prospect, though the fashioi 
papers are fuE of them^ and mamma is 
ning to get a little fidgetty at haA^ng made 
few acquaintances. She has written to Mi 
Hampden Smith to present her at cooit, 
the county member's wife ought, and wc are to 
be presented in the course of three weeks. 
How I long to sec the Queen and tlic court ? 
I am sure I shall be dreadfully trightened, 
though^ when it docs come. Papa has takea^ 
to scientific pursuits; he has been eiected 
feOow of the Zoological Society, and we sj 
our Sunday evenings delightfully at their gtr- 
dens, among the birds, and beasts^ and 
tocracy ; and he is a member of the Polytechnic 
Institution, as they call it — a beautiful place, 
where they make ribbons, and little glass do^ 




t/NCLC. 



150 



mnd hMve a diving bell in a cistern, and tuy 

<it( .lai engines. Arthur is become quite a mi- 

bUiTT bcro, and reads nothing all day but books 

whfomt battles and soldiers. He ivas very busy 

hang drilled, for he said he did not wissh to 

hxM regiment knowing* nothing of his pro- 

hc felt that the eyes of the whole 

ij would be upon him : and he was learning 

drive, and rode every day in the park, and 

made acquaintance with an oSiccr of the 

of which he was very proud — but he 

!■ gone now on serrice to Dublin. We have 

got a new carnage, a britschka they call it, 

m which we drive about shopping and in tlie 

park; bat there are such thousands of otherjj, 

^W nobody takes any notice of us. Good bye, 

^Arabella. 

** Your affectionate sister, 

"Juliana Jobnson." 
Slaving completed this epistle, upon glazed 
^*^i that positively screeched as each stroke 
^ tlie pen was ioBicted on it, the fair Juliana 



160 



HAEONESS; OS, 



proceeded, in a Ardent hurrr, for she 
already late, to prepare for her waltiiii^ 
a self-regulating sort of exerdse, seeing that H 
was timed to the count's humimng. That 
Bonage had by t\m time established 
securely in the Johnsons' house; and thi 
not a dancing-master by profession, ncTei 
less found it both agreeable and profitable 
instruct Miss Juliana in the mysteries of 
waltx ; inasmuch aa being a first- mte tinn 
he accurately timed his visits by lunchc 
which stored him for the day» His titJc 
count stood him in good stead. *' He is a lord] 
in his o^m count r}^," said Mrs. Johnson, whid 
was corroborated by a seal with a coronet on % 
which had sealed a note in reply to an innl»* 
tion to dinner^ couched by the aecomplislicd 
JuUana in the following terms — 
" Mons. 

" Mons. le Compte, 
" Ma pere m'a dit k vans ccrire von* ^ 
mander, si tous avez rien meilleur k fain, ^ 



THE ^NCLE. 



161 



prendre la fortune du p^t avec dous au- 
Ihcd, si Toufl pouvez manger brebis roti. 
'* Votre vraimeut, 

"Julienne Jounsonne.^^ 
It waft an mmecesaary display of eruditiou in 
the young lady, for the count did speak a kind 
of Biigli&h — not the king's : he was a sort of 
mn alien in language, for it was observed, that 
whatever his native tongue was, among all the 
Imaguagcs that the double-headed eagle keeps 
vetch over, he never attempted to speak any 
thing else than indifferent French^ or vagrant 
logiiith that would have been uncommonly 
puttsled to give ao account of itself: neverthe- 
|Wi» it answered very well among his fair friends, 
for crery second sentence was flattery, and 
teo^ is like a line of battle ship, speaks 
ill ImgusLges. The count was one of those 
Pf'sonages who do so much honour to Eng- 
"*h lodety; a foreigner, quite unknown, but 
^vrdieless eagerly received by a certain class, 
^ Account, firsts of his title, wbicli really 



162 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



did him great credit, being entirely tbe 
ion of \uB own mind ; and secondly, 

he was a foreigner, and consequently, lu t] 

e»timationj much better bred than any Eng] 

ruan could be. 

How Indies of that way of thinking 

stare if they saw at the balls at the TtiilJi 
the gctttlemca excluded from supper until 
ladies had demolished theirs^ and knew that 
separate system was established in those 
entertainments, Ifccause there, in the 
the King of the French— the temple of 
ness — ^the head-quarters of good roimni 
was impossible to allow the ladies and gcol 
men to go into supper together, inaamudi m 
in that case the latter instantly occupied ew<^ 
tabic, and the former had not a duuioerfi 
morsel So much for the boasted polileneii of 
the continent ! Brother Jonathan is reail)' t^ 
best-bred man in the world towards 

The Count Alphonso Anatoli was eio| 
cally a gentleman, according to GnUy** ^ 



THE UNCLB. 



153 



viz., a man who Laa no visible means of 
kiis lirelihood. Anybody who had seen 
at luncheon in Baker-etrcet would^ how- 
r, have sworn that he had some invisible 
of socuring his subsistence^ for the quan- 
that he managed to take on board at that 
tremendous : he seemed to liave a 
ipacitT for stowage that set the laws of space 
dciiance, and took no slight Liberties with 
of time, for it looked as if he had drawn 
fbftiiigKf 6 allowanee of gastric juice in ad- 
It 10 wonderful how foreigners do eat 
; it 13 not uncommon to hear them 
wVj j'ai mang^ comme on Anglais^ which is 
^ eoDttnental formula for expressing, being 
(ur^ to the throaty without unnecessarily 
■Jjimiing their friends by too direct an allusion 
^1 the civic catastrophe, the possibility of a fit 
^ »poplciy ; the sword that hangs suspended 
V • tingle hair over the head of an alderman, 
"^ help them, if they were compelled to 
ttu Anghus V they wQuUJ riae 



■ — M be tfe co nw ^ m c iicr , and after bai 
**Mig^CBMweMiAngtei^' three or four 
^b^ VQoli urire at die dKireil coi 



Bai it k no* to be aappoaed that ao 
a oaaBdentaon as the daj's food 
Hie ■^«^»g mmd of the count ; he had 

of dw histoiT oC the countrr he 
to bdang to^ to know bj what 
conquests the *' Felix Anstha nube" bad 
out firom a aimple archduchy, to a mi^htr 
pirc stretching from the Elbe to the Po, 
the RHne to the Dniester; and he jodj^td 
that he might, as a duti^l subject, do n Mttk ' 
bit of business in the same whv for hiin»eJf; 
in short, he proposed appropriating the finf 
Juliana, whom he had instinctively set doini » 
fortune^ to his own particular benefit^ *o^ 
seemed in a fair way of succeeding. 

It was far the best thing he could do, Tie 



TAB UKCLS* 



166 



CMiljr wonder^ when tlie eQonnoiis number of 
EliglMiti girU «ith fortunes, iLat would be held 
large on the continentj b considered^ and 
Ettle repugnance a great proportion of 
D ihow to tbe whiskered Tagabonda that 
e over here, is, that there U not fifty times 
niuaber of fortune hunters from abroad : 
it may arise from the very imperfect idea the 
.greater proportion of those gentlemen form of 
wealth of England; they cannot believe 
the fortunes actually exist ; or there would 
fe aa regular an irruption of them into the 
r, as of boys with white mice, or Bava- 
[fkn broom girls. There is another reason too ; 
it a merciful dispensation of Providence that 

the hotels in londoD so dear. 
•* You make so much progress, mecsc/* said 
^ tttchcr to his pupil ; " you will soon be at 
^fte action." 

" You don't say what action, Count ?*' asked 

The act, the deed," gravely repeated the 



166 



HABDXSSS; OB, 



'^ I am sore I do not know what you meu 
ratamed the jottng hufy^ somewhat fiutteri 
for her knovMge of French was too iimil 
to giTc hex the key to his meaniBg. The 
applied to ft pocket dictioiiaiy» that experien 
had tau^t him it was not safe to be withoq 
" Voos T serai bientot an fdt, — ^you will be 
quainted with it, you wiU be perfect at 
waltz. Ah,iDeese, you are perfeet at every 
else, already/' As the gentleman eyed 
like a lynx, while he made this declaration^ 
lady felt a tendency to hlushing, axid shak 
her ringlets. 

"Yon foreign gentlemen are so pottt^ I 
one nerer ought to mind what you aay/* i 
swered she. ** I suppose on the continent it i 
not considered good manners to speak to slaily 
without paying her a oompHment." 

** Ah, meese, on the continent vrv undtittanrf 
the devotion that is due to the beautiful 9(% 
In this country the men are too mnch oeeopei 
with their politique, tlicir roast beef, their dn*^ 
and their wine of Oporto, to be tho lum^ 



THE UNCLE. 167 

lervitors of the ladies: they are so beasts; they 
ire not worthy of a smile from such angels. 
AOons dansons.'^ 

At this moment^ Mr. Johnson entered, evi- 
;4nitly in a state of something Uke excitement. 
[Be held a newspaper in his hand. ''Count/' said 
kdf '* yon live in the gay world ; do you know 
feiything about the truth of this paragraph? 
We understand that a certain banker well 
DiOfwn in the sporting circle, ^as suffered a loss 
pC 80^000/. on the late Derby ; the party alluded 
hiy is a partner in the firm of S. and B.' " 

"Ma foi," said the Count, "this will be 
Sockingham: he has lost seven thousand pounds 
mi Crockford's the night before last, he bets 
.^PBiy high. 

" I do not hke a gambling banker," said Mr. 
- Mnson, musingly. 

"Is he your banker V asked the count : " ah, 
* connsel you not to trust yourself too much 
^ him. I know what cards and dice are : the 
l^jayen do not make fortunes, they often lose 
tiem. Gar a vous, Mr. Johnson." 



CHAPTER X. 



It was with uo little satisfaction that H< 
received, towards the middle of July, a h 
from Waverton, announcing that, liaTing 
recommended sea bathing and countiy air 
fortnight, before proceeding abroad, he wished 
combine those means and appliances to heaJl 
with a nsit to him. He was delighted at tl 
prospect of seeing his friend a^in, and was 
altogether insensible to the triumph of showiaj 
him what sort of a ^rife he had provided himsdf 
with; though his joj upon this aubj^ ww 
somewhat moderated by the I'eflectiou that 
Waverton's feelings could hardly be expecti^ 
to be unmoved at the sight of that happinesBt 



vnchB. 



169 



he full enjoyment of which he would find 
kioud, but which had been so cruelly denied 
I A few days morei and the invalid arrived 
ing wretchedly ill and weak ; but still the 
in had leR him, he waa manifestly picking 
Ink ftrengthj and much might be expected 
Ithe society of his old associate^ and change 
k and place. 
Ill Ilia spirits were depressed : it is a sad 

Fie to a proud man to feel that she upon 
he bad set his affection^ has cast it i'rom 
■ a thing of no value ; and that, not from 
kalike to his person, that might in time be 
me ; Dot from any indifierence that a 
tiiDSte knowledge of him might remove ; 
from fhe coutingency that may happen 
one^ of her becoming attached to a rival ; 
kiMii mere imstableoesa of disposition^ lu* 
llty of continuing fixed, such as he, iu his 
temper of mind, attributed, whether 
or unjustly, to ^lary, a character which 
D hope for the lover, whose reason told 
It. I 




170 



H VflDNESS ; OR, 



hito that however his passion might blind 
at the moment, yet even success would oi 
expose him to farther disappointment and 
ment, from such a disposition in the object 
his attachment. Nevertheless, a man 
tries to reason himself out of love, di 
upon a rope of sand j a word, a look, a pj 
idea, brings on the fit again, — again the lit 
iirchiu*8 shaft flies to its mark, pitil< 
iug, resistless, and down goes reason before ll 

Such, at that time, was Waverton'a state 
mind : he was yet uncured, yet hardly 
of the tickle levity that had rejected 
prize as his heart, for such a coronet as Co^' 
town's ; he doubted, and desponded, and idi 
upon the inconstancy of women, and was 
unhappy, very desperate lie had been, for 
eveniiig after his arrival, he and Henry 
strolling upon the green before the bonte, «*•" 
talking over their prospects. " Do yoo knu^r 
said Waverton, " that notwithst«ndmg tl^ 
good advice I gave you upon the subject^ I h*' 



THE UNCLE. 171 

Berions thoughts of taking serrioe in the Spanish 
Legion, inyselfy just before I wai taken ill ?" 

'' "Wliy, yon must hare been mad,'' retomed 
Ueiury^ — " what on earth could you hare to say 
to tlie Spanish l^ion?'' 

'' ^WeU^ I certainly had no rery particular 
inl^ereflt in it, but I wanted something to do. I 
Mked General St. George what he thought 
alK>iit it ; he said he approved of it highly iu 
a. suicidal point of view. ' There is no credit 
to be got there,' said the old campaigner ; ' de- 
pend npon it, that army is sent out to be beaten. 
Ita object is merely to keep the Carlists busy in 
^ €be north, until the queen's people have ma- 
Ik naged to get them under in the other provinces ; 
^ft ind, if they can contrive to do that much, it is 
^K sU that ministers expect of them. The expedi- 
^p tion ig not for the purpose of winning battles, 
It is a mere political diversion, and the officers 
^ get no credit : the whole thing is a job, and 
^'tt tell you what is more, if it was successful, 
^ would not be satisfactory ; there is no light 



172 



hardness; or, 



to be seen through the troubles of Spain, G 
knows when that country will ever be got iai 
»bap€ again. A nation in that couTiilscd state i 
hke a regiment broken in action ; it re-f< 
upon its officers and its colours, and upon not 
else; the nation re-forms upon some g^at pi 
ciple, embodied generally in some powerful 
So, in this coimtrj , whatever change or pop 
tumult takes place, the nation always re-fi 
upon the aristocracy. It did so in 1660 and 1 
it is doing at this very moment after 
reform mania. In France, in the first revoluti»»i 
church, monarchy, aristocracy, were all swept 
away. Nobody knew how the French were cfif 
to get out of the mire ; but their enormotu uri 
amazing foreign conquests creatcsd a new 
and a new principle. Napoleon saw that, 
on it, and re-formed the country upon the arm 
The military principle is, however, a false 
at least in Europe ; it broke down with its 
weight, the land could not support it, and t 
stmggle that is now going on between it 



31 



TBI UNCLB. 



173 



kcrcial principle, will terminate in fa- 
of the latter. France is becoming the 
of shopkeepers ; the last revolution was 
ier-jumping one ; the manufacturers were 
>ns, and turned off their hands, when they 
id the goremmcnt engaged in an unpopu- 
with the press : the troops were sent 
It in bad humour, insufficiently supported and 
ilf aterred, and French troops, it is notorioua, 
do nothing nnlcss they are regularly fed, and 
tept in good humour. At that time the mer- 
cantile ffpirit patted the military spirit on the 
hadt, to get out the monarchical government ; 
it noir wants to tread it down; and so we shall see 
Pirii noon surrounded with forts with the guns 
pointing inwards, — that will be the work of the 
•hopkeepere J the next governing principle in 
^J*ncc will be mercantile* Washington held 
^Jaerica together upon republican principles. 
*ley did veiy well as long as he bad the ex- 
i^^^ding of them, however; and before they 
*^ time to root out the monarchical and aria- 



174 



o«. 




: centorr. Nov it is decmjiBg;, aiid tkf 
VD fM Ma e qwC Dce gettiiig veiker mod ventoi 



bat ei^en nofw it is be&tmg Fttnch bayonets is 
Algehs, and 1 cmn tell foa that Frcncli bajooeO 

The grtil 



are 



imcywnimaihr nglNr 



empires bare commonly been foondei 
by ccMiqueroR upon rigid monarchical piiiioplei> 



THE UN'CLE. 



175 



We will have a kmg over us, is the cry now as it 

wu in Samuel's time : nobody cares much who 

it is. John Company does very well. Now in 

, they have no principle to guide them, and 

class to enforce it if they had : they have 

Itot even a great man to announce it. Nobody 

*nioug them knows what they want, and their 

are not half over yet : it is like the 

I, they have no power of recognizing 

pnnciple, and the consequence is, that they 

'•ajrs remain savage and barbarous tribes. 

^tfj ire incapable of forming a great nation : 

■^ what a hand they have made of Hayti. 

^^c my word for it, said the old soldier as 

iiduded his harangue, 'it is little that on- 

;. legion knows of what its real object and 

i is, or what it will have to undergo.' " 

WcU, but you have given up aU thoughts 

*'¥«•, I have, indeed ; I have not strength 
to ittempt any thing of the sort. After I have 
hid mv course of waters, I shall come home, I 



176 



HARDKB88I OR, 



think ; I have a great cariosity, howeiner 
the Holy Land." 

** Yes, there would be some sense in t 
should like more to see Constantinople, tfa 

" Constantinople is well worth seein 
there is a peculiar interest in the Holy L 
this moment; there is something particulai 
to happen there, I suspect ; the times tx 
extraordinary. Now, for the first time 1 
history of the world, the restoration of thi 
is not only possible, but looks as if i 
hand. There is nothing to prevent thei 
ing there to-morrow, that I can sec; the 
of war and peace are now reduced to 
calculations, and they hold the p 
could either buy the country or 
whichever they please : their number 
about what the Bomans found, aomethtii 
three millions, which is probably the 
population of Palestine. It is to the 
this country that an enlightened luid 
coraracrcial nation should be in Syria, 



>rtu 

4 



H 



THE rXCLE, 



177 



^ 



aavage tribes that threaten daily to cut 

cooLiniinicdtion with India : in short, after 

dghteen centuries of dispersion, every 

leems tending to the fulfilment of that 

inary prophecy." 

1 wouder will they want an auxiliary le- 

pmV said Henry, who did not altogether share 

n» his friend's new of prophecy. " I should like 

*fcat fen-ice better than the Queen of Spain's ; 

would get something like pay from them/^ 

*'l should imagine/' returned the other, "that 

would prefer doing the business themselves 

it would be a holy war. I should think that 

''C'wji would fight like derila in a case of that sort. 

^hcy stood like rocks against the Romans, aaton- 

^•fctti Titus uncommonly; it was a terrible siege.'' 

" But where are fellows to get money ?" 

*»kcd Henry, with a considerate recollection of 

hit former companions in gaiety ; " that ought 

to he settled before they go. I do not think it 

woqM answer at all, letting the Jews go back 

to the Hoir Land." 



Id 



BAmoxKss; oft. 



tbexe will be lOfine proruion 
by ¥tonAeoec,** returned the oth^, 
maj take to lirisf 




'^Men live witlun their income! upon fflj 
«mly Warertcm, I think toot illness lias affected 
Toar head, not to sar impiored jonr intellect; 
thrae-fourths of them would not he botbeio^ 
with life upon those terms ; of conrse ther oevcv 
will do may soch thin^. I supiKW^ in f&ctt the 
bttok of JerBHdem will hare a branch at Loi*' 
don. And whafs to become of all the olfi 
ciothca^ tknd the old epaulettes and lace ? It ^ 
be the ruin of the British army." 

" The officers will have to follow your c\»^'' 
pie, get their silver thing« made into a cnp ; ^ 
is a much more respectable way of disposu^ 
of them than higgling with a Jew/' 

" Well, as far as I am concerned, I do Bi'^ 
care whether they go back or not. I MB • 
family man, you know — a grave, reformed dft* 
ructer. I shall do verv well without theoi— hri 



THE rXCLE. 



179 



do not know how they are to get on in 
J Delavaly for instance, how is he to 
it out ? Oh, by the bye, he may ride off 
d Johnship, and marry an heiress, 
^at the men that have not titles, will be regu- 
Uy floored : confound them, they^ll all take 
to writing, too — ^they^ll take the bread out of 
nynumth ; no, no, Waverton, it will never do^ 
tkc Jews are very well as they are — it would not 
^ convenient to part with them just now ; in 
^ 1 think the government ought to take 
to keep them in the country : let them 
mayors and members of parliament, 
in the House of Commons would be 
K*«»t improvement, it would give the house 
lir of solvency. By Jove, it is half-past 
pht, — come in to tea. I hope you have ob- 
fed how respectable I have become in nij 
Arabella has taught me to drink tea, 
to eat fimit and gooseberry tart, and to 
after dinner, and to get on with a glass 
ftwo of port, and to do all sort of hidy-like 
-that's matrimony." 



CHAPTER XI, 



Theee o'clock struck, and the western 
tremity of Loudon yawiied — aliook itself- 
bed its eyesi and awoke. Carriage after 
riage rolled lazOy out of the mews, and took up 
its proper station at its proper door; a few 
grooms might be observed leading hacks about; 
young ladies hurried home — ^it was too late lo 
be seen walking in the streets; old gcntkm— 
solemnly bent their steps towards thetr clubs — 
those firuitful nurseries of that emascuiailed 
aiiimd, a male gossip — there to bear stories of 
what docs not concern them, £rom the Kps of 
those who know notlaing of w liat they are talk* 
ing about* Some himdreds of the 




RARDNBSg; OR^ THE tTNCLE. 



181 



lords of the creation exchanged their many- 
cokmred dressmg-gowns and luxurious slippers 
r Jbr coftt«, ^ultless in cut ; waistcoats, praise- 
IV in pattern ; trowsers, orthodox in ma- 
teriml ; boots that made the most of the wearer, 
by makiBg the least of his foot — in short, be- 
men: and proceeded to show that they 
not care if the world knew it, by exhibiting 
precions persons in the streets. A few 
minutes more, and the rolling of wheels an> 
\ce that the minor veins are pouring their 
of life into the mightier arteries : a 
[■harp clatter arises in St. Jaraes's-street — Pic- 
ly sonnds as if the grandfather of all the 
'imttlct were calling to all his children, and they 
were all answering — Regent-street has begun 
'to roar fcmrftdly — ^Bond- street ia choked — and 
the day is begun. 

At this critical period of the day, ICra* John- 
mm and the fair Juliana sat in their drawing- 
tn Baker-street, musing upon the alarm- 
'gD^ fact which had been forced upon their 



182 



hardness; or. 



CO unction, that the people of Loudon were u^ 
aware of their importance. The comprel»en» 
sive measure adopted by Mrs. JohnsoD upcwi 
the insidious suggestion of the mischief-lonnif 
Bock, had not produced the desired effect 
Her distribution of cards throughout the length 
and breadth of Baker- street, had not been met 
by a corresponding return ; three families had 
responded to the call, and with the lady of tb<? 
whig county member, constituted the stock »*■ 
trade of pasteboard, mih which Mrs. Johaaoi>t 
of Daffodil Lodge, was to set up for a lady ^ 
fashion — a member of the great world, T»*' 
means were lamentably small — the end ^ 
off — what was to be done ? nobody knew. *^ 
old story of giving a ball, and letting somcbW 
or other ask her company for her, ww a ^^ 
limity of humiliation that never onoo cniet*^ 
into her head, nor indeed could she hare ^ 
ried it into effect if it had, for she did «i* 
know a soul who could have done it for hfi 
Mrs. Hampden Smith stood upon too slipperr 



THE TNCLl, 



183 



herself to attempt to lag anybody else 
the steep ascent of London society; and 
idlessly as the access to the great whig 
is sometimes used where a political pur- 
if to be gained, the Johnson family was 
ilittle presentable — of such trifling importance 
it was impossible to do any thing for 
ID that respect. Under these circum- 
,'^*xic«» it may readily be imagined^ that Mm* 
m hailed the thundering double-rap, that 
It made her jump up firom her seatj as if 
'fcendded an angel's visit. 
'^t did not, but a mortal came instead^ with a 
welcome proposition. It was Mrs. Hitch- 
the ladv at whose ball thev had made 
***ir defjut in the fashionable world ; and she 
^*iftc to propose an expedition to the Beulah 
®P«t Of course, the Johnsons were delighted : 
^faftt was a beefsteak -pie^ and u quarter of cold 
^b to them ? dust in the balance compared 
til the coming glories of genteel company; 
they agreed also to transport to the 



IM BAEBXESS; OB, 

of action, the Count AnsitoH, b€!ing irn 
UicretD hy Mrs. Hitchmgs, who described 
aft m ddi gh tf u l person, a forei^ nobleman wl 
«bc had met at the Queen^a Ball ; an u 
xlKtorical artifice, whereby she conveyed 
Mrs. Johnson's mind^ that she had become 
quainted with the Coont at the Palace; 
hct bein^ that he had, by efficient 
in a crowd at the entrance, wormed hii 
into an acquaintance with them at a ball fiir 
the benefit of the Spitalfields Weayeni, f^ 
tronised bj her Majesty, five dnchessea, 
marchionesses* seven countesses, twelve ladid^^ 
and carefully eschewed by all and serersl tk 
lady patronesses. The elder lady resolved thif 
^he would not let the occasion of this pic-nicsiipv 
as she had doue the ball^ without making a fe* 
more acquaintances, and communicated thi» ^ 
discreet resolution to her daughter, who higMj 
commended it, lamenting, in her own flfflA 
that the customs of society did not admit « 
her increasing her acquaintance among ^\ 



mm 



THE UNCLE. 



185 



bj her own exertions, instead of de- 
upon their caprice — taate it could not 
or bitter, bid taate at least it was in her eyes 
prevented them swarming eagerly around 
18 she expected they would have doue> upon 
first appearance in the gay world. 
!The appointed day arrived in due course of 
ic, and, contrary to the uaual practice upon 
like occasions^ was a Ene one. !Mr8. John- 
attired in a splendid silk gown that was 
)wii one moment, and purple another, looked 
it gigantic chameleon upon two legs, a green 
with a red feather, a magnificent shawl, 
a pink parasol, completed her costume, 
thought her mother's attire somewhat 
lox: she was determined she woidd be cor- 
t, and adopted a standard that could not err ; 
took the " Petit Courrier des Dames,'* and 
one of the figures so exactly, that one 
have sworn that the honoured sketch was 
Nothing but a pattern of Miss Juliima Johnaon. 
The elder Mr. Johnson did not take any very 




in the Surrer Baden, or 
of the semn, bat, nevefthdcaSi 
kb faaafyi and the fauith yAtat 
oocopied hj the CottDl 
ihiit. The lady, 



-O* 



to 



b«t bnng 



that ii to mx, she had taken care that 
vns mint-fimiftoe for the hunb| a tongue for 
fowK muatard* plenty of salad, and a oack*| 
screw. Thus supplied with both personel aai 
materiel, the carriage set its head south, tf^ 
an hour's drive introduced it to the sftn^ 
beauties of Norwood. 

Leaving the servants in charge of the i/txgts ' 
Mrs. Johnson entered the pic-nic pandissi 
and, descending the steep path, at hist foodij 
herself in the open space at the bottooi of 



Qow. Round & Httk tfiaiTTifrf mir iriisc 
r, she obaerred a p*^ i— iii'irgiL wbo i^ 
ined to be exceeding m&isatm abmc -lae 
iollier's health, for ererr bodr wsnted b 'JT ifeer 
ai^bour to drink some ai the vicer ; md the 
ir sex exhibited most strikin^ktheir character- 
lie benevolence bv ahnoat ianiDg it down their 
iends' throats, thej were so pressing. Ten or 
reive young men, of decidedly marked appear- 
lee, who could not be mistaken for any other 
kan gentlemen, gentlemen among gentlemen, 
^nre mixed with the group, and seemed to be in 
Uferent stages of hydrophobia, though not in 
Cty great suffering; and Mrs. Johnson, nothing 
babting that it was her party, approached, 
looking somewhat anxiously for Mr. Hitchings. 
"What nice beaux \" thought Juliana, " and 
itenty of them ; I'm' so glad we are to have 
Wincing." 

** People are beginning to know us now ; I km 
ve attract some attention/' thought Mn. J^^Am^ 
Km, as suddenly the jww***ii«g« U tfe wjkwt 



188 



HABDNESS; OR, 



parly were arreted, as if by magic ; the 
draulie pressure ceased, the ^ntlcmen^i 
perty in their own throats (to say the least) 
once more recogiiised, and every glitteiing 
in that gay throng was riveted upon the 
from Baker-street. 

The Count alone had some misgivingvj 
longer experience in London life had fo 
his eye, and a strong suspicion took 
af his niind, that the party before him did 
come from the north of Oxford-street. 

" Attend an instant,*' said he, cautiously, 
think not that those ladies and gentlemen 
of our society." It appeared not ; for at 
moment the whole party, as Mr. Wi 
Johnson would have expressed it, iaoed to 
right about, and a certain tremuloiu 
about the shoulders of the ladies, seemed 
indicate that they had found out something 
amused them amazingly* Shoulders wiB 
sometimes. 

" There is Mrs. Hitchings,'' said Ji 



TBS UNCLE. 



169 



iady emerged from an edifice cdriously 
of the roots of trees, whicli she 
been exploring in the hopes of finding a 
^*gUu whereby to restore the order of 
^WlgletS) which had become somewhat de- 
under the joint influence of the dri^e 
and the most superhuman and unneces- 
caLertions in the arrangement of the feast ; 
with the servants, all of whom would 
go no way but their own; in unpapering 
icn», 4ii*C0Tering pepper and salt, um'avelU 
tarts, unfolding knives and forks, 
taking all sorts of useless trouble. 
My dear Mrs. Johnson, I am so glad to 
jpoa at last,*' said she; "I thought you 
ncrer come ; are your servants bringing 
the things?" 
Tbey arcj^' replied the lady, •* they will be 
in no time *, now I must beg you to intro- 
me to the rest of our party, for I do not 
mnj one I know there/' 
*' There," almost shrieked Mrs. HitchingSi 



190 



HARDNESS; OR^ 



" why Lord bless you, that is not our 
such great and grand folks as those iroold 
condescend to speak to us; that is the fme 
Loosel/s ^taty, — that is her over there ia 
laylock, (as she was pleased to call it) i 
Lord John Delaval speaking to her, and 
Lady Harriet do Vere anrl Lord Dunlara, 
there's Miss de Burgh the grcAt bcautr, 
Lord Cubtown, that's going to be married J 
her. Our party is down in the 
ground ;" and thither she led the way, 
the aristocrats in quiet possession of the fa 
tain of health. 

" What very odd-looking people those sie! 
said Lady Loosely to DelavaJ, ^'what can 
be r 

" Sugar-boilers, I should apprehend ; 
from the Borough or the City," returned 
" You know this place is a perfect nw 
they are going to feed down below there; 1 
a whole litter of pages canying 
Wc shall hear by and by, the ' Bo«ai beefl 



THE rXCLE, 



191 



England/ and then they will show their 

force." 
Well, they dp aa no harm/' said Mary, 

is room for ua all in the world/' 
There is, indeed, Miss de Burgh/' answered 
kntUhip, ** that is very sound philosophy/' 
I should like to hook on to their party/' 
Cubtown ; *' they have lashings of bottled 
and ale, and we have nothing but that 
ly champagne/' 
F' But> my dear fellow, ale and porter put one 
so £^er dinner/' remonstrated Delaval, 
rly in the early part of the day/' 
WeUy that's the most sensible thing a man 
do ; a cigar and a snooze is the ticket for 



n 



" I wonder does he always smoke and go to 
after dinner/' thought Mary ; " it must be 
diaigreeable/' 
it this moment, the appearance of the other 
r, led by Mrs. Hitchings, suspended for a 
the coaTersation with respect to digestion : 



IW 



hardness; or. 



there were two or three elderly ladies, 
peculiarities of dress and appearance thai 
fitantly attracted the sharp eyes of 
Loosely's friends, and were the cause of 
as sharp remarks ; there were some young oi 
looking as amiable as circumstances 
of; three Miss Uitchinga, all attitode 
grace, Miss Smithson, who was by way of 
a beautT, and Miss Brooks, who was br w«r( 
being a wit ; there was young Mr. Simthsoiiti 
facetious young gentleman, a joker oC 
jokes ; and young Mr. Hopkins, an intel 
young gentleman, a retailer of sickJy 
alitiesj and there was Mr. Wilkinson, a 
young gentleman, who ought to have 
martingale clapped on him, he carried hifl 
80 high in the air; and there were 
other anonymous nonentities, that 
the number to about a score. There w« 
embarrassing circumstance, which alJ lelt 
or less, though none would acknowledge it| 
that waa, that, inasmnch aa the gi^aler paxt 



TfiX tTNCLE. 



193 



ho composed the party, which 
by the joint efforts of Mrs. 
8. Smithson, did not go into 
)r three times in the season, 
MeoDaequently little opportunity of making 
potances, hardly any of the party knew 
jthmn two or three others. This was, liow- 
k thing that was to be amended by dinner, 
pple are never so accessible, so oblivious 
ieoeattry and unreasonable formalities^ as 
ithey are sprawling on the turf, and eat- 
|it of their laps, which was the footing upon 
I this expedition was placed, Mrs, Hitch- 

feting loudly and successfully agaiust 
died the stiffness of the tent, and a 
[e ; one could dine at such a one iu 
|«lreet any day in the year, 
nlst their patience displayed itself in the 

rion with which they waited till the much- 
" Roa»t Beef of Old England," should 
u them to the heaven of cold lamb and 
pic, their virtue was rewarded, by a nasty 




194 



hardness; or, 



looking object^ in a green fanc>* dress^ with 
guitar, who, emerging from the shnibbeir, 
menced warbling in a rather unpleasant 
for their gratification. As the party 
round this creature, their varions 
were duly noted by those who were about Mi 

" Look at those three girls putting 
selves into attitudes !" said Lady Loosely, «sl 
three Miss Hitchings, according to their 
torn when a favourable opportunity 
placed their arms round one another'a 
and their elbows upon one another's shouldc 
" Look how delighted they are with that 
looking boy, with that huge bouquet ; what 
you suppose he is saying to them, Xiord Jahal 

" Telling them that they are the three (ii 
of course," replied Delaval : " very hard 
beg for it, too." 

" It is not a bad group," said Mnrr, ** 
tallest of the three is really pretty 

" Yes, the tableau is good, not quilt 
certainly ; the costume is hardly eUt^ 



1^ 



THE TNCLE. 



195 



altogether sculptural ; but I suppose one must 

imagiiie it, make allowances for the different ha- 

hifii of the present and the mythological times/' 

*' You must not expect too much, Lord John/' 

tttid Lady Loosely^ laughing : " there you see, 

the spell is dissolved ; they have had their cora- 

fiiment, and are sinking into mortals again. — I 

flhottld like to know something of the private 

of that little old woman in the brown 

miOc und those extraordinary colours/' 

*' Odd little wizzened creature she is/' said 
MmtJm *' I'm sure she is a schoolmistress/' 
^ Site acems to me like a gigantic personiti- 
of a duck's neck/^ said Lord John Dela- 
•*bcr colours change so* I'll bet six to four 
Xhmt tluit woman lives within a mite of a straight 
pw»^ to be drawn between London- bridge and 
SteekwaH/' 

•* X'U bet you, Lord John/' cried Lady Hiir- 
de Vere, eagerly : " in gloves : 1 am con- 
afae Uv^ in Faddington/' 
k2 



OB, 



"IVtetmj 



H 




AnMof befsU not btd^ 
know horn to put i 
tbcT hare made mch id^ 
of miiliiiefT in tlie £tf. 
to place ber 
the Eegent^s-pirlL' 
r oi the Hc^rns at Ki 
1 and Castle," sdd 



THE UNCLE. 



197 



xnnmonly sheepish, had parted from her friends, 
iibd WM approaching the spot where Mary 
The young lady was more than half 
to make a bolt at once^ for she had 
that Henry*8 new family were in town ; 
It new that they were very vulgar people, 
•be had an instinctive foreboding that she 
about to be claimed by them. 
Hoveirer« there was no escape : Mrs. Jolm- 
^i idrance was conducted with undaunted 
Intion: on she came, her gown gleaming 
Ibc sun, as if she were clad in brazen mail, 
&ce reddening as with the consciousness 
all eyei were fixed upon her, and with ;i 
inward desire to turn about and scold 
\t for something, or anything, or nothing, 
iQQch did she suffer from the ner^oiiBuess of 
position* In a short time she reached the 
where Mary, who had retreated, with a 
^gfk of piteous helplessness, to Lady Looaely^s 
Hk| stood, and commenced her attack, 

"I bcHcve I have the pleasure of addressing 
Mary de Burgh." 




198 



HARDNESS 1 OR. 



" I am Miss de Burgh,** returned the jrooi 
lady, with a slight inclination of her head. 

" Then/* said Mrs, Johnson, " I must ini 
bold to introduce myself to you, as your bt 
ther*s mother-in-law.** 

Mary, though she had almost foreaeen ti 
blow, was yet horrified when it came ; she hfil 
tated for a moment, not knowing what to « 
or do ; but her better feelings at once prcvaita 
she is the mother of Henry*8 wife, thought sli 
whatever she may be herself; and monng grtrt 
fully forward, she extended her hand to Mfl 
Johnson, who received this somewhat wjfl 
pected condescension with tokens of the w^ 
lively gratitude. 

*' I am delighted to make joar acquaiotsac^ 
Mrs, Johnson,*' said she. " Ilcnry never tot 
me of your direction in town, or I should bf* 
called upon you ;** and she looked, nerrad fi 
the worst that might happen, at the rtat of tl 
group. 

" This," said ^Irs. Johnson, " is my eUl 




THS CTNCLB. 199 

^"¥^j Juliana. Miss de Burgh, my love, 

Hemyj giater:'* and Miss de Burgh weut 

^u^i the appalling operation of having her 

f™ iqoeesed by eachj with an heroic disregard 

Wkr friends' opinions and sneers. 

/nliaiim giggled fearfully, and meditated whe- 

ihe could not at once establish a system 

ttfling her by her Christian name, but she 

^ OQwed by the assemblage of magnates iu 

rtoie awful presence she for the first time in 

^life found herself ; she blushed and muttered 

iDJuticulatc sounds. Mary felt a load off 

mindf when it appeared that the count was 

to be inflicted upon her ; and after answer- 

t tew observations with the most winning 

f, WM at last released by the worthy 

's finding that she had nothing more to 

fp informing her of her address, and return - 

to her own party, highly delighted with her 

and doubting not that her entree into 

world of fashion was now secured. 

Come with me^ Maiy, and see how dinner's 



200 



hardness; or, 



getting on," said Lady Loosely, wishing to give 
the party an opportunity to make their remariEi 
upon the event, and have done with them ; aw 
the two proceeded towards the tent. 

" Baker-atreet, Lord John," said Lady Hj 
riet, " six pair, — ^it will keep me next w< 
Poor girl, I give her great credit for the 
she received that dreadful woman ; I coi 
not have done it half so graciously — I shoi 
have cried/* 

" I wonder is Harrjr's hride like that 
with ringlets ?" said Dunlara ; ** Mary did 
have wcll> certainly." 

" It is not very wonderful, after all,^ 
Delaval, " if she's hred up as a lady^ abe ■ 
likely to behave like one." 

" Now you^re cross about losing your gl 
Lord John ; that was meant for a cut at me/ 
said Lady Harriet. 

'* No> indeed^ Lady Harriet^ it was mefel? a, 
plagiary upon Pope t 

* Jtitt «i ihe rwi^ u bent, the tree's iacllnrd.* 





TH£ UNCLE. 



201 



I wajited to get credit for an original obser- 

" I recollect Hooker's giving me some sound 
advice upon that sort of thing," said Diinlara : 
"he wid, 'If any very tigrish or snobbish friend 
or relation comes up to speak to you, and you 
cuuiot avoid them, never attempt to shirk tbem, 
thftt iM fatal — ^you arc convicted at once ; the 
WET to get out of the scrape is the other tack, 
■lirajB be outrageously civil to thcm^ — over- 
wbelm them with kindness — every body will 
then think that you owe them money, or that 
foa have some election jobbing with them, or 
thiit they have a pretty wife, or something of 
that sort, and so it will not matter.' " 



k3 



CHAPTER XII. 



Mrs. Johnson's successful attack upon 
digmitaries, which had been closely and 
what emaously watched hy her own party, 
course proportionately increased her import*] 
aiice upon her retiun to them ; and Mtl 
Ilitchings seeing the turn affairs were taking, 
took the tide at the floods and drcnlatod the 
history of their haxing recently been left ^ 
thousand a year, (she made it ten^ but that tm 
all for the best) ; and in consequence, Ma- 
Johnson was suddenly elevated to the nni ^ 
a leader among the ladies, the rest of whoo 
begged to be presented to her^ whilst tk 
younger ones manifested a similar affection for 



HAEDXE9S; OR, THE UNCLE. 



203 



ta. So far so good ; she was entering now 

the joys of London life, and was in high 

ita, and exceedingly gracious ; the stiflness 

the party was broken by the commencement 

a system of introductions, which went on till 

could address their neighbours without the 

of bbck looks before their eyes. The green 

istrel ceased his song and returned to his 

; the party approached the spa, and a suc- 

ftttempt to induce the sentimental young 

kUMnan to taste the waters, thereby causing 

to commence a series of horrible grimaces 

--started every body laughing — and the enjoy- 

niciit of the day commenced. Some toiled up 

«t Inll to the gipsey, and were promised has- 

'•ads-rgenerally speaking, accurate verbal de- 

•^ptions of the gentlemen who stood next 

^*"«m St the moment : some went and lost them- 

■^ci in the labyrinth — others proceeded to 

toe practice of archery, to the great dismay of 

4c beaux who had to run after the arrows; 




prowided; tiie 
vcre tiken in duurge 

titas could be trmtBdv j 
m Ite oatijing boidf { 
Bout Beef of CM] 
wandered Ikk] 
; and b J half^ 
dmner. as menj 

■ae a"!****^***!^ Mnt 



THE rX'CLE. 205 

Uitcliings/' said Mr. Hopkins^ ''a wing and 
a bit of the breast ?" 

*' GKve Miss H. the merry-thought," inter- 
rapted Mr. Smithson, " she looks so pensive." 

** They nMmrn, bat tmile at length ; and, uniling, mooni/' 



observed the poetical Hopkins; ''nothing is 
more winning than a melancholy smile." 

'^ Miss Brooks, shall I give you some tongue?" 
" Thank you, Mrs. Johnson; papa says I have 
a great deal too much already." 

" Hopkins, will you anatomise that lamb ?" 
" Poor innocent creature !" said the feeling 
joath, ''to think that it was ba-a-a-ing about 
Its beloved mother but a few days ago." 

" Dear me, you are so pathetic, Mr. Hop- 
kins/' taid the eldest Miss Hitchings ; " I am 
sure you must have written a grei^ deal of 
poetry." 

The youth blushed and simpered; it is a 
charge rarely confessed, but still more rarely 
denied, by nice young men for small tea partieh. 



206 



HAEDXESa; OR, 



" Mi88 Brooks, I looks tow-wards you.' 

" Mr. Siuithson, I has you in my here. 

*' How dreadftilly wulgar these people arc 
thought the fine young gentleman, who 
:ed hy this time, not having been, as 
considered, treated with sufficient respect h% 
the young ladies, who of course detested liiinj 
cordially, as they generally do those sort 
personages. " Positively I should not be 
ished if they began pestering me with their] 
insufferable impertinences." 

'* Wilkinson, give us that black bottle, m*' 
don^t look so blue,'* said Smithson to the ^' 
ritied exquisite, and the fair ones laughed w^ ' 
right. 

'^ You seem out of spirits, Mr. Wilkinwn," 
said ^iiss Brooks ; *' tiy and make winf °' 
instead.** 

" Have a glass of champagne, man," P^' 
sued the undaunted Smithson, " it is the li*^ 
remedy for real pain/' 

*' What ails you, Mr. Wilkinson ?" continorf 



THE UN CLE. 



207 



e tormentor, " let me recommend some 
led porter/' 
e mihappj victim glared upon liia perse- 
looking from one to the other as it' he 
tear them to piecea; but unfortunately 
liimsel^ lacked the means — he had not such 
a retort that might stop them, or a 
t tliat might disarm them, to offer, if his 
*fe depended upon it, being, like moat of his 
^1 au incurable blockhead. 

** Mliy are we all like cattle ?" propounded 
^»itlMon, " Do you give it up ?" 

"Because we are feeding on the grass,^' said 
■■• female wit* 
** How sharp you arc, Misa Brooks 1" 

Wdl, if Pm a sharp one, you're a sharper ; 
Rmtfemen, mind your pockets \" 
•^iih fuch conversation was their sylvan re- 
enlivened ; it is unquestionably a " kindly 
of nature that tickles children with a 
w. The talkers considered themselves ex- 
giy witty and clever; it was well for them 



208 



hardness; or. 



that they did so— they were amused, and 
dinner went off with great eclAt : the Lord 
liver us from the like I 

All this time, however, whilst the wita wi 
making jokes, the Count Anatoli was 
what was no joke — he was making love, 
had indeed made no little progress. 

" If a loafer did sigh to your feet, M 
Johnson, could you be so unpitiable as to 
spise his passion?** 

"Really, count/' returned the young 
with a nervous flutter, '* that is a questioii 
cannot answer^ I do not know — I never tri 
I am sure nobody will ever sigh at my feet," 

"Ah, Meese," whined the adorer, with 
insinuating glance ; " those shining ejee hare 
alreadyj without doubt, penetrated miU jong of 
hearts ; what loafable humiliation it is in 
that you renounce your power !** 

"I have no power, Count," retaraei 
young lady; "you foreign gentlemen sre 
much given to compliments, that there is oo 







THE tJNCLE. 



209 



b^ievmg a word of what you say ; one never 
knows what you mean j** and having by this 
tiine ft&tisfied herself that the Count was 
^^putteiiy proceeded^ a^er the custom of young 
^^UieB in like cases, to establish a violent 
^Hotuiter-flirtation with somebody else ; the wit 
was the happy man. 

*' What a beautiful pin that is of yours, Mr. 

Smithson,'' she began ; "what is it made of?" 

*' Happy to hear your good o-pin-ion of it, 

Misa Johnson,'^ returned he ; " the heart is cor- 

jielian, and the arrow studded with emeralds^ 

the bow carbuncles." 

And whose heart does it represent ? if that 

fiur question ?" asked she, archly, sinking 

Toice to a whisper, that the favoured swain 

t understand that he was enjoying a flirta- 

for young gentlemen so honoured by 

jocmg ladies, are not always fully alive to their 

fortune in that respect, it is so dithcult to 

what a flirtation is. " Do you carry many 

about with you, pierced in that manner ?" 



tw 



HAAHKeSS; om^ 



" l}emr me, wbat a question to ssk/ 
the delighted roiitli, execating a qi 
tort of moTeinentj that brought him into 
pnudmitY with his fair enalairer ; " no, 
the emblem of what is within, of mj own 
bored ftiB of holes,'' 

" Poor man, I pity yon ; yon should 
90 susceptible. Now mine is ontouched^l 
turned the captiTadng Juliana ; who, w] 
she caught an admirer, or fancied 
caught one, inyunably told him her 
untouched, as much as to say, *' You'll hai 
first of it,'' and a capital plan it is. ^' I 
not be in lov^e for the world," and she 
furtive glance at the Count, to aee how 
affected by her proceedings* 

That gentleman waa unmoyed, — he 
busine aa wa s infinitely Juliana's ovi 
the tactics of flirtation, and in her 
merely saw an approaching victory, a false 
which properly met, threw the game intoj 
hand; '^elle veut me piquer^'' thought 



TBE VNCL£. 



211 



•^ttoua ferrous ; k votre sante, Madame la Com- 
de CarabaSj" and he tossed off a glass of 
kpftgnej with the comfortable conviction 
Juliana's fortune would enable him to in- 
in much more of that exhilarating beve- 
for the pest of his life, than he liad been 
tlie habit of enjoying hitherto. 
" I ihonld have thought that it must be very 
itful,'* whispered Smithson, 
ittst SB if you did not know," said Juliana, 
mother glance at the Count, for she was 
tlkogether pleased at his apparent indiifer- 
; and at this moment the party rose (rom 
gnmndj shook themselves^ and looked at one 
Juliana now judged that it was time 
'Tctum to her first lover : not that she really 
cared a pin for him, but from a craving for 
a swain dangling after her ; the Count 
foreseen this and was prepared for it ; the 
^llttuit she exhibited symptoms of relenting, he 
IttaeKed himself to one of the Hitchings; 
^gftU jeUj beau retourj^' thought he; " TatiTaire 



'312 hardness; or, 

va bien; prenez garde ^ tous, belle 
aire." 

Miss Hitclimgs was only too Happy to 
ich an admirer, and by way of securing 
once, conceived a violent wish to piy ia( 
futurity, and carried him off, nothing loth, 
the gipsey. Juliana was startled ; it had 
occurred to her that two could play at fickl 
ness. 

" He'll come back soon," she thought ; ** 
be very cold and distant, I shall not speak 
word to him all the way home*" The party fooo 
afterwards took to performing antics on tk 
grass, under pretence of dancing ; the Counf 
danced with Miss Hitchings, and seemed on 
the most confidential terms with her ; he *!"► 
pered and she blushed ; " he must be ptpH 
her compliments. What can he find in tW 
horrid Miss Hitchings?" thought Juliana. "^ 
wish he would come and ask me to dance tb 
next quadrille, — it is so disagreeable beiii|; QA 
cool terms with any one." The quadiilk en^ 



''«« CSCLS. 

**-• A ve^;7:"*''e partner of 

■*»'>• deserved to keeo f "*"• ^^ 

«ndco„«,^,. J ""^''■o'-heknewit, 

l-'^''«ed.d;;;::-';;o.oew. 

"-^^ no bettor «,«,r;7-- ^ 





214 



HARDNESS; OR, 



Miss Ilitctungs as easily as if he were do 
'* I decliurc I believe he is going to le«i 
altogether/' thought Juliana. I wish I ha 
flirted with Mr. Smithson ; now he's coo 
He was coming, — for the purpose of askii 
third Miss Hitchings, who stood behind I 
dance the next quadrille with him, the 
hearted traitor ! 

" Juhana, my love," said her motiiGl 
liad observed the Count^s defection; " wli 
you have done to offend Count Anato 
thought you were veiy good Mends at 
but now he will not speak to you.** 

*\I declare I do not know, mamma, 
very cross/' The dance ended, the Ccna 
still obdurate ; Juliana became desperate, 
was serious danger of liis slipping t 
fingers altogether ; it was e\ident 
met and beaten on her own ground : 
only one thing to be done, to give 
sucoeasful tactician's eye gUttered in oonui 
triumph as she approached. 



B 




THE UNCLE. 215 

v^onut," said she, with a winning smile, 
** *by are you so changed in your manner to- 
■mrds me y»» 

"I Imre not changed my manner towards 
joa, mcese," replied he, with an air of melan- 
d»olr resignation to his fate; *'it is not me 

am coquet, but it does not import " 

" Now, Count, you really are too unjust ; I 
sure you will not say that I am a co- 



It doei not regard me upon whom you be- 

your smileSi mecse, I have not the right to 

id explications," returned the Count, yet 

lollified ; the pear wad not yet quite ripe, 

'* I am sure I would not do any thing that 

lid hurt your feelings for the world," pur- 

icd the fair penitent; ''you arc angry with 

because I spoke to that Mr. Smithson, the 

creature ! I never will look at him again/" 

Ah, meese, my aenijibiUties are too rudely 

cached ; 1 have not the heart hard to suffer 

tonty.*' 



216 



HARnNESS; ORj 



*' WeU, indeed, I did not mean to offenc 
you ; no, count, forgive me this once," 

The young lady looked very repentantly 
very appealingly into the gentleman's face; 
golden shower seemed on tlic point of d( 
ing on the head of the notorious count — it 
time to lead off» '' Adorable queen of mj sonlaJ 
make me the most happy of men — let me loaf] 
you all the day« of my life— be my bride 
This WELS coming to the point ; Juliana blushed, 
simpered, looked at her own feet, then at Ini 
face, and faltered out, '* Oui, ma chere," 

It may be imagined, that two of that party 
at least felt they had passed a pleasant day ; 
Juliana had already in her mind's eye, ranti 
with white ribbons, the Countess of Anatoli— ^ 
lover and a husband — ^good things to have botiu 
The count had not made a bad day's work of 
it cither ; he had in prospect, a good dinner 
and a dry bed every day for the rest of his life, 
good things to have assured too, as he well 
knew, &om a somewhat lengthened 




THE UNCLE. 



217 



of the fnint of them, for the previous part of 
liu existence had been spent in a not very dig- 
nified poverty, and some part of it, as will soon 
be seezL, in a not very desirable residence. The 
partiefl broke up, and it so happened that the 
emiriagea of Lady Loosely's party were ordered 
mx the name time. 

Tjonl John Delaval and Lord Duulara, uii- 
_< . :i^ciotis of who might overhear their con vcr- 
smtion, were standing cloae by Juliana and her 
incrther, when the count passed by to order the 
^ktHa^* The count canght DelavaVs eye— 
^tmrted, and tnrned hastily away, growing ^^ 
f^^ B9 crimaon. Mrs. Johnson observed his 
^0tl>amisanicnt, and looked at Delaval, whose 
^^Kture* expressed surprise, not unmingled with 



*' VHtnt u that fellow?" said Duulara. *' Vm 
I'tc teen him before, somewhere or other." 

" To he sure you have,^' returned DcIaval; 
** do yoa not recollect our detecting him and 
y|m owing him up at Baden f He was one of old 

YOI*' "• t. 



218 



hardness; 0B| THC UB0CLR. 



Bciiazet's eroupief $, bbcI was catiglit onl vith 
eoufederate who used to play viitli ftJse bk 
which that scoimdrel received, when he loit, 
good, paying Mm in good vbcn tie wan* 
wonder how the devil he made hi» escape 
prison/* 

However he made his esc&pc» it wai 
e nearer one thma Juliaua^s; At thifi critii 
c:^planation firom Lord Duoliini and 
John, satiated Mr. and Mrs. Johnson of 
real clianicter of their foreigru Mend ; the »wi 



CHAPTER XIII. 

•* You have no idea how this fresh sea air 
me," said Waverton to Henry, as they 
jtroQed along the heach. " 1 never guessed that 
[I should have plucked up my health and spirits 
at such a rate — I shall be fit to start in another 
veek or two." 

" Have you decided where to go?" asked 
Heniy* 

"Carlsbad is recommended, hnt I really 

eannot face it ; you know my reasons, Harry ? 

I 8pa mu«t do; it is a retired, quiet sort of place. 

: I shall get well soon enough there, I dare say ; 

snd vrhen I come back, I suppose I shall find 

jaa enrolled in the ranks of authorship. By 

l2 



220 



HABDXESa ; ORy 



the bye, I forgot to give you a memoranilum 
thnt Hooker seut yoU| with his c;on)pUiDeDl 
and hopes it may prove useful; now tbul 
has made his game, he says he has no ftutl 
occasion for it, I have it in my pocket-boo^. 

The document in question was soon fisi 
out ; it was headed, 

^'THE composition op a FASBIOHAIILB XOVfj 

'• A fashionable novel of the present day, 
sures about one thousand pages^ post 
one hundred pages more or leas, however, 
not very much matter — ^tlie public jod^j 
entirely of the extent of a work of the soil 
the number of pages, and not by the ami 
of each individual pa^^, which may be 
puudcd or compressed by what arc t 
called spaces. The following proportiuti qf 
jects has been found very effectirc, but is 
worn out, tlie taste of the public appeannc ts 
be turning towards Newgate, htghwaTDOi, 
prostitutes^ executions^ borglatieSj mmdoi^ 











^H THE UXCLE. 




221 ] 


^^d sndi more exciting subjects. Mr. Hooker, ^^| 


^Hfwerer, beiuf a geutlemaiij most probably had ^^M 


^Hftter make up his novel as follows 


: — 




^m Lcmtqenci 


120 


v^s^ 1 


^B P^rtttral <titta . . . . . 


15 


^1 


^B €>OK diniMr, with biU of fire, and a ride- 






H dilltllpMl 


12 


^^^^^H 


^H Ti»V bdk. (OM to be Almack'« or a 






■ Qam-iball.) ... 


30 


^^^^H 


^B Om 9per«t hero to be uldreated At the 






^^B 4oor bj a former's daughter he haa 






^H ladaetd. aad to quarrel with th« heroine 






^B in coftaeqttcncc ; thia mtut be k the 






^m 1km roh ..... 


15 


^^^^^1 


^H AB«l0pemeot .... 


15 


1 


^H tVo vwrriagM •» the bndeamaid to be 






^H fvprcaeated u bmvtiog with enry at 






^H one, nd die bridegroom to be married 






^^H before to the other, .... 


30 


^^1 


^Psdppteilii 


25 


^^^^^H 


^B pBiirlytInn iif hrrn liiii ftthrr mnthrr 






^V AvM, character aadeatate, which he 






^^B <Mglit to bold from temp. Hen. VIII. 


70 


^^1 


^^^■to. IwrolMN-rio. do. do. do. ; her famil j 






^^^B eiMivId be Nomiati-^M>metimea she ia 






^^^B n iMfaaa, hot in that ease ahe rotiat be 






^^^^^iVidt to propoie for the hero 


90 


^1 



222 



UARDNESS; OB, 




DnoHption of ft boudoir 


X5 


Do. of«fmoe.cour»e 


20 



Do. of an ejtqukite — he ahuuki be very 
cffuminate, vvry handsoaie and nlfertcd, 
and have a poodle ; n Uat»oa with sxi 
o|)era dancer — but, ncvertiidcss, be a 
first- rate' boxer snd Bwordstnan . 25 

Do. of Indies* dresses I 20 

Do. of ii maniEUTring mother >• 

GeatleioenV slang ... 

ScntixnentAl refiectioitt, (chiefly from llu 

GermoD.) ..... Hi) 

Lords «tid ladiw 

Somethiog very horrible, it lioc* nut ^ i n 
matter what, hut it must be bt:t\'*L' i - 
love chupter ud « milUnerf clMptci ^:. 

A aort of » aCory to cooaect 1 1 ^ 



Total of the whole 



. 1000 



" N. B* The love chapters puxzie 
tiemen most^ but tlie old hands get 
ten for them by opera ilguranCisty or 
iiected with the theatres ; they kuow 
sort of tiling in that way pleaics the publifi 
mott : the pastoral chapters are beat 




THS UNCLE. 



223 



put dag Thomson's Seasons, or Crabbe, ur 

Wortis worth (the latter is dangerous, being 

very <liilicuit to understand) into proses the 

miliincTT chapters must be written by milliners' 

fpaeh^, und should be corrected by one of them 

too: these chapters are very dungerous, for being 

vniiiteUigibla to the author^ great care is requi- 

flit4;. For the cookery chapters, Ude^s is the 

iafi*st book, for it gives the English translations 

of the French dishes, and some complete bills of 

fiu^ 90 the author knows what he is putting on 

the tjible, and the nobility are very apt to judge u 

liook by that ; the upsetting the side-dish or lob- 

flitar sauce over her is to exhibit the sweetness of 

tilt? heroine's temper. Gnnter's men will give 

any information that may be wanted about the 

tMdia- The description of heroine and hero must 

tie irrittcn, or at all cvcnta, revised, by a woman, 

^m lilt^^sc the boudoir The exquisite is consi- 

UM the author's portrait of himself, — of 

be lays it on prettj^ thick ; the sentiment 

mtmo^ of course, most be done by a lady* and 




^jDed bim off at the bcginmiig of t^ 
^M, bot tltst kM boem ol^occed to nioe ao 
r, ia m mml tht Imsio of winck 



■BiB^B^aBf 



TBS UNCLE. 



225 



ftresented, as one of the greatest perfections of 
liis hfiroine, that she waa a virgin on the morn- 
lag' of her marriage. The persons in high life 
mast express themselves in several different 
Imn^iaages, and there must be upon an average 
in the whole work, about 200 French phrases^ 
lOO Italian, 500 words and sentences between 
ia f ert ed commas^ to attract attention^ 500 ditto 
Italics, to show that the author appreciates 
own clcTemess properly. It will be ob- 
merved that out of these 1000 pages, only 120, 
the dinner, deaths, race-course, exquisite, 
and horrors are male pages, and the exqui- 
mnd horrors need not be : the remaining 880 
female pages, which is the reason of the great 
of lady writers now ; besides which, men 
not read now, it is women and children 
so the book must be faU of love and dress, 
j^ description of a nursery might be made very 
^ASeettve, by representing the children as sub- 
mitting to be washed patiently, and giving the 
tolerable tempers ; establishing a social 
l3 



1 

I 

I 



lie closed the recipe. " It is well to 
one's work is before one begina, bi 
know that Hooker was auTthingof a 
" Oh, yes, 3ie owes eveiy thing ii 
to liis authorship ; by the bye, he dn 
warn you to be very cautiona «bou 
nery, which is of the greatest impoj 
sidering the court by which you i 
jury of matrons ; and take cure tlia 
by some one that dares not play j 
he got a cousiu of his to ^Tite 
for him^ and she sold fam ih n^gul 
jiirls are so infernaUy iriisdiierota 
his heroine to a ball, in n ulule d 
ing gown, with a flaming red ^ 



THE UNCLE. 



227 



n a set of French phrases that he 
eauld liardlj read^ aorl did not understand a 
word of; he thou«:ht it was all ri^ht. The 
niAiiuscnpt went to the pubhahors with thia in 
it; tiobodj there of course knew anything about 
Jl^ all that they saw was that there was the 
ivgtilJitioii mijuber of French words ; what they 
mesBit they neither knew nor cared j they 
ttx>k it for granted the author did, and it went 
to press, and would have been published witb 
mU ibst absurdity in it, only one of the compo- 
mtorm, m setting up the type, was struck with 
the words being different from what he had 
lieeii accustomed to frem time immemorial ; for 
there's a regnlar stock ot Tiimch words you 
taioir, that are nsed in English conversation 
literature, by people who cannot express 
Hwmalves in their own language: they tire 
very nnmerons. Well, this fellow luckily 
liid a French milliner's girl living in the same 
^^"BBHi with him ; he cribbed a sheet, and took it 
^mu to her, and she discovered tlie thing at 



HARDNESS; OR, 



once, and so the chapter was re-writteii, b&t it 
was a near escape." 

" What was the name of the book ?'* 
*' I forget what it was called, but it was cIum^ 
tened so as to make people believe that it was M^ 
of family scandal. He told me that there was a 
})ook published some time ago, called ' '^mley 
Hall/' and that the good people of Essex haahed 
up Tynley Hall and Triiley Long in their wise 
headsj and fancied that this book was to contaio 
some scandalous revelations about Long Wd- 
lesley, and they got a great number of copiei 
disposed of in that county, before it was famid 
out that it had nothing to say to him ; so he 
went on that system, and I belieTe sucoeedisi 
very well. It ansTrered his purfKJSe; st nm» on 
the strength of his literary reputatjoo, that he 
persuaded that old woman to mnnry him, when 
he bad not a penny, and she leA him upwards 
of twelve hundred a-year when she died ; so he 
plied the pen to some purpose. Is not there 
thing in pencil, on the back of that pa{Krr 



THE UNCLE. 



229 



" Yea, tlicre is. Oh ! here is the story about 
lti9 cousin and the dresSj yes, just as you told 
it, aod then he goes ou : 'I started upon a 
«Tsteiii of the boldest, most unhesitating pi- 
racy ; I cribbed in all directions, not from your 
little ob»ciire books that the critics are cunning 
rncnigfa to study, that they may catch authors 
borrowing, but irom what are caUed the stand- 
rnrd works, English classics, things that nobody 
ever thinks of reading, so one may pilfer unde- 
tected ; it is like picking pockets in a court of 
Jtiatice, no one suspects one of plagiary, of what 
by a literary fiction is supposed to be known to 
cwii ' y body. Shakspeare is dangerous, though ; 
people read him to quote him, and so is Milton 
mnd Young ; many quotations from them pass 
fyr Shakspeare* WTienever one was pointed 
oat to me, I used to say, with rather a pa- 
tfOTUjdng air, as if one was encouraging a child, 
* y©«, 1 observe that he did seem to have a sort 
of ^imfwe of that idea ; but he did not bring it 
ont so forcibly as 1 did */ or, 'Yes, it is the same 




2S0 



UaRDKBm; or. 



I petccAxe, but Lis repre^entatioii of il wanU 
breadth/ or else, * It is imperfectly d^relopied :* 
I Found thftt always was received aa a sueoenfal 
defence. Otice I wanted a scene in a court of la»» 
and I borrowed it bodily from the Korthaxoptoa 
assizeii, and the counsel that defended the 
being a writer himself, and a deriliah bml oi 
teeted itj and thought be would sUovr mo npiiii 
large society. I let him go on patiently until 
had said all he had to say ; and then aiisiri 
vvith the most triumphant air^ as If the 
was smashing — ' Yes, my dcscriptioiia i 
poetry of nature.' The lawyer was floacwl, 
did not know what the deril the poetry of i 
ture meant ; all the Uterary people luicked 
up directly. * Yes, it is the poctr}- of natiDej 
nothing iBterests an intellectnal mind^ 
as the poetrj^ of nature,' said they. I 
thrj were nil thieves themselves, and, of coiine, 
abominated informers; so 1 rode otf upon thp 
poetry of nature, of the Northampton wMibcsi. 
BTron had an uncommon knadt uf nn^ro- 



TBE U»CL£. 



231 



prtaUDg wU&tever he could lay his hands 
upaa ; that foundermg of the vessel in Dou 
Ju&n« has hardly a word altered from the ori- 
^BLnml DBmitive. With respect to the critic^s, 
vay adnce is, leave them alone, the old trick of 
ammming them with venison^ and swilling them 
with champagne, is worn out, they are quite up 
to it, they are an untameable race; moreover, 
Micne of them are excellent scholars, with 
«3tuid judgment and the ideas of gentlemen, 
mho are critics, bocauiie the turn of their minds 
IokIvi them rather to examine the works of others 
with a critical eye, than to compose themselves. 
Tbesi^ men will find fault fairly when they 
tluni^ censure is merited, and award praise 
lioocstly when they think it ia due; these 
i^tfn^a characters depend upon the soundness of 
tlieir criticisms, and it is manifestly out of the 
qui mt inn bribing them. But there is an uneasy 
mad active claaSjjWho turn critics in the bitternesa 
of their hearts, because they have failed as 
Btitbor* ; these men are ignorant and shallow, 



hardness; ORj 



butj aetunted by the deadly hatred of jealousy 
agaiust an author who threateDs to succeed* they 
fall upon htm savagely^ and misrepresent or in- 
vent if need be ; the lion will he down with the 
lamb, before they will abstain from their na- 
tural prey ; the only thing that disanus them 
is mediocrity, then they are neither fnght< 
nor jealous. It was a warning instinct of 
thing superior coming, that brought down 
ferocious attack upon the * Hours of Idleness/ 
the pigmies saw the young giant at play, 
opened upon him directly. He turned, and' 
tore them to pieces, but it was otherwise with 
Kirke Whiter Keats, and others ; they had imK 
devil enough in them, and they killed them olf 
at once. Fortunately, the critics of this das 
are not very numerous or very influentiaJ ; the 
animus peeps out too clearly » and the iwopb 
whose opinions are worth having, i. e, thm 
who are capable of forming opinions, roAd 
judge for themselves, and do not trouble 
heads about the t$malIor fry of critics. 



THE CN'CLE. 



233 



t&ke care you have notkiDg romantic, it is 

ruinous; if I were to write a novel nowj I should 

teke mv poetry of nature firom the Newgate 

Calendar. 

" J. H.'' 

' Well, 1 dare say this may be valuable ad- 
Fice," observed Henry, "but as yet I have 
no concern in it, being a mere translator ; 
however, when I set up for myself, I shall 
profit by it, I dare say. Good Heavens ! 
here's Mrs. Malaprop : cannot we shii'k her by 
tmldng the open over the stile ? I don't think 
it*» practicable for petticoats ; Waverton, that 
woman's marked you for her own/' 

•' She has," returned Waverton with a laugh, 
*' there's not a doubt of it j I expect a proposal 

Ietery day. I wonder what language it will be 
foDched in ; we cannot avoid her now, she's too 
clow; now for BabeL" 
"(rood morning, Messieurs/* said the tor- 
o^nU)r as she drew nigh/ "Mr. Waverton, 
^^eyon fu lfilled yo ur promise of contributing 



234 




KAHDNESft; OR, 



to my magazine of talent — my cber. 
album ? How much more valuable will l 
when it contains nn petit mot de rotre mju 

" I have, in pursuance of your orders, : 
Irving, endjjavoured to produce some ^ 
that 1 hope vou will approve of." 

'* Well, then, you shall now come to mj c*it 
net d'esprit, and write them in the 
directly. Now, Mr. dc Burgh, I insijt, 1 
not be refused, come, you must and shall ] 
must march for this once under my drmpeanx.' 

Heals tance was in vain: in a few nusi 
the victims were led to the temple of 
rauses^ and Waverton, bound to the hums 
the altar » sat down to write ; whilst Uennr <« 
devoted to the tender mcrdes of the pheilaA^ 
Had the tuneful Nine wished to pay tbdr 
Kensworth sister a visit, they would have 
obliged to do it by means of a deputaticm* 
the shrine would certaiidy not liave held 
their number. It was a room about ten feet 
by eight, with a little window with a hkrft 




TBS TTNCLE. 



2So 



ium in it, a little table, with a new novel 
oa it; some scribbled paper, the fatal 
and another book which Miss Irving 
ly removed, but who»e pccuhar shape too 
Ij betrajed its character; it was Madame 
Gculls' Manuel des Voyageurs, the source 
much of the inspiration of unknown tongues 
so distinguished the presiding ge-nius of 
pUce, A bundle of sonnets, odes, and so 
tied np by a sky-blue riband, was re* 
to make room for Waverton to transfer 
^xDtributioQ from bis own hasty scrawl to 
Sla final rrsting place. In no very great num- 
hmr of minutes the writer arose and presented 
bis work to bis fair tax-mistresSj with a low bow, 
aod A hope it might meet her approbation. 

"Is it very romantic, very pathetic, Mr. 

WmvcrtOD?" said she; **doe8 it touch the heart ?^* 

«* It is the poetry of nature," replied the 

I^BStlcman, and the lady eagerly applied her- 

9eif ta tlie perusal. 



ffjril of One itonn from b!» hftll of cloud* camt* forth.— 




236 BARDXESS; OR, 

'^Dear me, what a aubliine idea! the spifit 
coming from hia haU of clouds ; it's verr prettr 
and quite new." 



^'IVfpintof^iettoniifrtimhisbAU of etoods cftaie fbrth. 
And boutefVMuly hief«mbolled with the cpirit of the non 
IW polw figkti OhuBed the tasoe with fltnage tuuttrthlj g iltt. 
A« thcf daaoed to tiw load thtnuler. fn tikdr kia^dooi 






*' How sublime!" said Miss Irving, •'To-ir^ 
is the elementary school of poetry, 1 obserre, 
Mr. Waverton." 



" 1 saw Bcross the finDsment the foric«d llghO^hig* Vop, 
And drive the doods before them like a dock of *r*gfifllflfrfl lirry ; 
Yet tovelj through her htlo did the qaeen of lught apfiav. 
At beaaty't e^e most vwftjs the Cicml when iliaJerl hy ■ nar. 



What a pretty sentiment ! it^9 ao famtiiar 



to one too. 



'* No T«8t or stay tiimt weary nl^ our gtUuit 
The pebbles gluoed like hail» of fire u IVon tfaatr 

flew; 
The cr«et mtmed wUtned ikdataoB <»f giant ftir«i ■»! 
A* they vwtiihed fast behind its in thv darkaeas of thi i 




TBE UNCLE. 237 

ring gale brought rattling bail« like volleying 
•twwfvi of stones, 

cold took griping hold of the marrow io oar 



prlujifc and splash the bon>es duh through gloom and drift 

§aA nrjow, 
OB ! Wis itili Che stern acclaim, aod onward sdll we go. 

; lo^fth mj Icllow -wanderer spoke* I rather think he swore, 
^cll« blow my eyeffi I ncrer seed a night like this afore ; 
I took an omtaidc phct beettiae m bow it's leas to pay» 

I*m jjigfcred if I don't go to, next time 1 come this wajr.' '* 

Some tilings have been indescribable since 

beginning of timej and one of them was the 

of Miss Amelia Irving's countenance 

she completed the perusal of this precious 

ion of Waverton's muse ; but anybody who 

ctinoas about it, and who will offer a dog a 

of watcr» will acquire a tolerably correct 

ioQ of it. 

i-' la this 80 very poetic?" said she, doubtingly. 
*' It is after Byron," gravely replied the 
kbor ; " do not you remember that celebrated 




^SB BAmojimst; om, thv vmcim. 




To wAmii that siie did remember thi; dm 
wiMyd hsTc inToli-ed a ctiafesaon of bai 
read ''tkm Jxxmjo/* She was sOent, audi 
j^cntifmgn took tiLeir leare, lea%'mg Siija Aj 
iia Irvine in vliai hmtlipr JrmAlltftfi— amvmI ii 



CHAPTER XIV. 

Mb. Wellington Eldon Pitt Johnson had 
BOW been a fortnight present with his regiment, 
end had made considerable progress in acquir- 
ing the rudiments of his profession ; that is to 
9Kf, he had attained a sort of ghmmering per- 
[ oeption of the difference between his right hand 
and his left; had learned to stand tolerably 
steady upon one leg ; to say " sir/' to the field 
officers ; to fill a bumper whenever the curious 
old military port passed him, and to lock the 
door of his barrack room. A brother officer, a 
native of the emerald isle, upon learning that 
be "vras in want of a horse, with the greatest 
consideration slipped a cousin at him, who 



THE UNCLE. 241 

is liappiness^ however, was not unmixed ; 
position of an officer joining a regiment is 
txceedingly desolate one at first, if he have 
»reviou8 acquaintance with any of his hreth- 
in arms; every body is pre-occapied, every 
y has his own friends, his own pursuits, his 
. habits : the stranger is at best a nuisance, 
le tolerated ; and for a time, until he is, as 
ere, adopted into the society of the corps, 
js an isolated being. However, this is not 
ast for ever. Our young ensign was a well- 
>O0ed, and well-tempered boy. His captain 
I a steady old hand, and gave him a great 
1 of good advice, some of which he took, for 
ras better than even Rock's, and in due 
irse of time he got into the regular ways of 
regiment, and got on pretty well. His al- 
ance was large, but not large enough to 
ait of establishing a drag, nor could he have 
rcn it if he had, so he embarked in a jaunt- 
car, as is the custom of war in like cases. 
LS also is the custom of war in like cases, he 

OL. II. H 



seemed t 

attempti 

" Faith/ 

ciesofre 

Hundzed 

in Eidu 

cars/' ai 

purpose G 

man Ube 

Nothing 

the damai 

became^ i 

and sougl 

rather flat 

enough of 

your honn 

class corres 



THE XrSCLE^ 

. Us liabits of yisiting, as to knov lhi m 
5 turned the comer of a street, wbat 
e was going to, and whether anj one vms at 



** Bile's out, yonr hononr, she's driring with 
lArs. CyGrady ; bnt Mrs. O'Connor's jnst gone 
unne, and Miss Jnfia's gone to see her. Will 
I ran over to the sqnare, sir ?" 

To such an extent do these queer creatures 

cany their interest in other people's affairs, 

that it is recorded of one of them, that he once 

cnne up to a legal gentleman, resident in the 

city of the brogue, and said^ with a peculiar 

and significant wink, '' Faith, counsellor, I'd 

idvise you to go home again ; the captain's just 

gone in to see the misthress, you'd better go 

bme, sir." 

There was one thing that rather puzzled our 
joath, until it was explained to him by an old'^r 
iumd, and that was, how he himself J<'nn^, v>. 
knbly good-looking, and heir to six tbrraiajuc 
t-year, was so ntteriy ne^^eeted^ and, m dbcir, 
m2 



244 



HARDNESS; OE, 



treated jast like any other ensign* The 
natioQi which waa given him on this point, §e(t 
forthj that in the eyes of the gay world of Dublin, 
the station each person holds, is rigidly regulated 
by a table of precedence^ not that whereby either 
the court or the camp is ruled, but one peculiar 
to the place itself. Men are, by it, marshRilcd 
in a sort of military hierarchy^ in the following 
order : 



f 



Aid'de»C9inp8 to His EiceUemtrj tl« Lord 

Aid-de -camps to the genenil wmmandiAf tbo IbroM. 

Other staff officers. 

Officers of the giurd«. 

Offioert of hussars, lonccrt, and honeartlllCE}-. 

Ofllcera of light dragooBs. 

Officers of heary cavalry. 

Field officers of hifautrf . 

Officers of light infantry, riHes. and 

Officers of artilkxy, rnginecn, and uiilaBtry 



This classification in the eyes of a Dub) 
belle, is as sacred as tJie institution of castes m 
those of a Brahmin, and the only caact in whidi 
a rare and occasional exception is pennitte>d. 




THE UNCLE. 



245 



i a'^ ^^^ the persons of young lords, especially if 
L th«y are English ; sing^g men if they are very 
^1 *ffecte4^ and beauty men if they are very coii- 
I^P coitcd ; but even these. If in the raiiks^ do not 
■ttaiu the dignity and consideration of the arch- 
angels of the castle, the officers of the honse- 
huld. Occasionally, a drag has been driven up 
tbe ladder of precedence, and placed its owner 
m ttep or two higher : and possibly, a first-rate 
amateur actor, or the owner of a tame bear, 

Kflome one who says particularly disagreeable 
ng% or some other celebrity, might raise 
himself above his fellows : but the usual das- 
dficmlion is generally adhered to, though the 
vpirit of the age has so far mollified the severity 
of the law, that the old rule of being acquainted 
with none but officers of cavalry, and iield-offi- 
^^ficrs of iufantry, has become obsolete, and the 
^Liuklreii are no longer visited with the sins ot 
"4lrtif fathers, who refuse to put them into the 
dragoons. 

So rigidly^ however, was the canon of a man^s 




■JiftOXBai; OB, 

iras mounted, oii 
stxsry is related of a cer- 
Qorttt, who, upon tke 
the town, to «bichb 
w$om1 upoQ the lient' 
the two iD«|Qn» After & 
r, a step took piace in the n 
of tiie captama attamed the dignity 
OQDsideced qualified liy l>ii 
apnoa §or the table of the discfeet aod disffiB^ 
naCMMhlanan, his lordship kit his card iari^ 
with upon the newlT hatched field oflicer, f bck 
boweiBiV neitlier foUr impreaaed with a aew 
of hia fanacr insigiiificazioey nor of hb proeot 
ex^laAiODy dediiied the hoDours that were aboit 
to he ahovered opoa hia head* In UmeBAf 
the qualification for society is the possession d 
a hone or a ahrer tea-pot ; sin^tar eqaivalcjiti» 
whose identitr of value tt would probably not 
be easT to aoooont for ; the horse is intel]i|ib^ 
enmigh : there is a prevailing equomaoii ^ 
Lrdand — enerv bodr moat hai-e a hone and «i^ 



THB UlfCLE. 



247 



1 hone — ^those who have only a colt, vote 
« horse at two years old, and work him 
rdin^ljr ; then it is clear that once the horse 
[uuned, it vi in strict accordance with the 
otmainre to put the car behind the horse, 
Uwre is an equipage ready in a moment, 
regard* however, to the other passport 
company/' the silver tea-pot, it is more 
to speak, nnless it be a remnant of 
Celtic superstition, connected, possibly, 
human sacrifices; tea-tables have their 
victims to this day ; perhaps it is taken 
^ indicate domestic habits ; there is something 
% an o'ffiocr's tea-pot that suggests amiability 
M orange marmalade, and playing the flute ; 
acquires glory abroad— the tea-pot 
peace at home ; and the fourth or tifth 
>ip of tea leaves little room for brandy and 
^Ucr: we do not state this as a fact, it is only 
Opioiaii. Metaphysics are an uncertain spe- 
at best ; all that we can do is to offer 
Uiaofji as rational as possible, for the singular 



348 



HAUDXESS ; OR, 



constitution of the mind of Limerick, thi 
a horse and a silver tea-|>ot as being things 
like value J but the fact is certain, the dictain'* 
as deeply impressed in their minds, as if it wnjio 
the catechism, and will probably remain tbcrtr 
being founded on human nature, for women 8^ 
uncommonly fond of riding and tea. In Galviy* 
man ought to be able to land a salmon, and ttl^ 
about fashionable life, the commamcation ^ 
London not being very active. La the ttrf 
he should be an admirer of linen, an eadi^^ 
of cotton, and a bitter tory. At Cork be oagW 
to be a lover of marrow in a soup turocn ; ^ 
in Kilkenny, of a magnum of claret ; so fli»of 
roads are there to the open hearts of the Iri^ ' 
Society in Dublin, as Mr. Johnson wta (f^ 
dibly informed, is divided into diretB du^* 
first come the stars that adorn tbo ^rmMOX^ 
of the castle, the heads of departments, ff*'^ 
public functionaries, the grandees of the 1^'^ 
and those magnificent personogca their spoilt 
stately dames, full blown^ with gigantic n^* 



THE UNCLl. 



!249 



and a great contempt for young bur- 
, whose ponderosity is relieved by the 
cy of the aiguiUeted hierarchs above 
tjoned, and occasionally an illustrious stran- 
who ia of course made a demi-god : then 
the quieter legal society, a class per se, 
Krfs within itself — albeit it has not alto- 
attained the dignity of the bench ; the 
people^ too — the drinkers of tea, the 
of new publications^ the admirers of 
cct and foreign vagabonds ; then there arc 
tenons people, in whose eyes dancing is an 
lunation — music is sinful — cheerfulness is 
f ; the elect, who by an elegant transmu- 
m of the Chinaman's faith, who believcM 
I he is to be hauled into paradise by the 
)€ lock of hair, upon whose length he builds 
hopes of future happiness — expect to win 
Pen by the length of their faces ; these wor- 
^plc abound in Dublin, and indeed gene* 
pr in Ireland, where* the fearful contest of 
m tliat is now going on, aggrarates all seo- 
m3 



k 



360 



HARDNE&S; OB, 



tamn animositTy and gires ererr tiling coO' 
iieoted with religion an mmatural bittemes* 
that it ought not to possess^ and jet that seenn 
too Ennlj lireted to leave us any hope of seeuig 
the end of it. Then, in direct opposition to 
the Fhamees, comes the gay world, the worM 
that walks in Menion-sqnare when the \mA 
plays — that rejoices in pic-nics — Dargic ffl^ 
Bray, — ^that attend reviews with a regiilantr 
that puts the genera] staff to ahame—tltitf 
revels in the strawberry beds at Lucan ; ^ 
chubby girls, with little turued-up uoses; rt«i»l 
barristers, very dictatorial ; unfledged emp^ 
very dignified j college boys, who will c^ 
themselves men; and a few elderly gentleiufD 
hifitly, there is another world, and not a ^ 
style of world either, but nobody aeems to ItW* 
or care any thing about it in Dublin, and ll^ 
is the country gentlemen — ^the gently d, ih* 
cx)nnties. 

Of all these things, however, as expiiuiitsi U>, 
him by his meutorj o\ir young fiieiid 



THE UNCUS* 



2ol 



T ignorant as far as practice and expe- 

^ went ; for although the fear that he had 

tfchemently experienced on his first enter- 

tqwn his new character was not realized, 

f that Uie erea of the whole army were upon 

^ the eyes of the aerjeant-major were. Too 

ih time was required for his education in 

lirt of slaying men abroad^ to admit of his 

much time to the studying their man- 

and ideas at home ; his training progrestsed 

he gradually acquired that confidence 

so essential in a soldier^ by Ending 

could stand as steady as a rock upon 

leg J a remarkable development of the 

of comparison exhibited itself in the 

of telling his right from his left in an 

t^s notice, by a species of instinct, without 

the seam of his trowsers, or trying to 

r that he had a knife and fork in his hands, 

f oHier aid to the memory^ that of time 

■e predominant at the sound of the dinner 

— ' that of destructiveness immediately 



252 HARDXKSS; OR, 

after — ^that of number iu the acjcurate tellinf 
of a compauy iuto sub-divisioiis aud 8CCtioa»^ 
of cautiousness in doing no more thui keoonl^ 
possibly help — secretiveness when he «» * 
corporal looking for him — and diven d^ 
organs. One things howcrer, wsis a cxas^ ^ 
some wonderment and perplexity to him ; ^ 
received one fine evening a letter, anonyw^* 
and almost unintelligible^ containing mo^ 
these words : — 

** Catch is a good dog, but Holdfast s a wrii" 
— look to your banker I" 

Of these mysterious warnings^ he wai ^ 
commonly puzxled what to make. 

Now it was the custom of the 100th i€f* 
ment of foot, as of many others, that whcitf**' 
any pecuharly private and delicate epistle ^' 
rives, such as a request from a ptrent * 
declare what one's intentions fire ; or a notifies 
tion that the writer is deeply enamoured ^ 
one's sister, and proposes soliciting her 
in marriage, if his income (which he 




THB UNCLE. 253 

aoBdered sufficieiit ; or the communication of 
oxlttt of fiumlj secret history, that is to be 
^ m itill as the grave ; or any thing else of 
Ittt aorty to L&y it forthwith npon the mess 
AJe, in order to take the general opinion of 
tt regiment upon it. In the multitude of 
wuueUors there is safety, and so the myste- 
)QS warning was subjected to the usual scru- 
ly, but without result, the united wisdom of 
i 100th not being equal to reading the 
ndwriting on the wall ; and as soon as the 
nnaster declared his inability to decipher or 
xrandit, the job was given up in despair, and 
f friend was recommended to trouble his 
lins no more about it, — it being a sound 
litary principle, in desperate cases, to go on 
rer minding. 

" My dear fellow,^^ said one of the captains 
the regiment, a scion of aristocracy who 
loed so much confidence in his brother offi- 
ng that he was in the habit of intrusting his 
ty to their charge six months of the year. 





IT3rCI.S. 

•ppeu* to 

m TOttf mosnej 

jcm mav take mj 

happier and 

as a poor man aa 

as hjippj a» a prmet 

I am eoortaiitlj 

to ID j bearL I am fp^uliui^ 

formo-lj it wm otbtr 

I «peiitp wbich was miidi 



CHAPTER XV. 

Time never stops^ and it held its eqnal 
while all these things were doing at 
fodil Lodge ; and Henry, who had flattered 
i}£ that he knew something about the 
vorld and about life, began to discoyer that his 
knowledge was not quite so comprehensive as 
he had imagined, inasmuch as he had already 
■uide several new discoveries. He found out 
that the whole day, from getting up in the 
moiming to lying down at night, might be 
rery agreeably passed without a particle of 
excitement ; that he got through his breakfast 
without even a newspaper or a pamphlet. The 
'^Koisworth Exterminator,'^ a weekly print, 



!^56 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



sufficing to (mis) inform him as to what 
passing in the worlds there was a cheeffd 
countenance opposite him, a sweet voice that 
]ic loved to hear^ and the morning meal, in so 
many ciises devoted to the furies, sacred f» 
ferocity, was but the first of the day's pleasures. 
Then came the day's employment, fof li^ 
worked steadily in his new vocation ; he hd 
already Wished his translation, and had hid 
the pleasure of knowing that tt was considei^ 
a very successful eflPort ; and what was iDOi^ 
that his wife knew that it was so. He had oc« 
commenced another, for quill-driving is lik« 
opium eating, it grasps its victim witli tk 
gripe of a vice^ and holds him with a \)iti\o^ 
tenacity. A few hours glided lightly away tij<* 
nded paper wings, and brought iunchcoo tiB>fi* 
He had learned to eat luncheon, or at all erest* 
to look at Arabella eating it ; for he bad noo^ 
of that sickly morbidness of temperament i^ 
dislikes seeing a woman eat: than 
Htroll in the 6elds» which he found 




THI UNCLC. 



257 



ible as a scramble for standing room 

a thousaad horses in Hyde Park ; a 

to the farm yard ; family settlements upon 

interesting litter of little pigs ; a benevolent 

kpt to console an anjdons hen^ who be- 

her whole brood to be on the point of 

ing suicide, for they would take the 

r, (th^ being young ducks ;) trial and con- 

ition of a capon for fatness ; a commen- 

glance at the labour of the bees ; an 

iew with the eow ; and divers other rustic 

les, filled up the time pleasantly enough, 

the arrival of dinner time, when he found 

^t on amazingly well without soup, fish, 

tpagne or claret; and what was more 

irdinary, without a soul to speak to, ex- 

the fair creature that sat opposite to him* 

read aloud to her during the evening, 

tea and got to like it; did a bit of 

% jnst by way of a stolen addition to his 

'• work ; and began to observe that a pecu* 

terenity of disposition, a remarkable con- 



asB 



HABDNB88; OB^ 



tentedneas, that he could not account (ot u^ 
any philoeophical principleft, was produced 
a practice that he had adopted at her 
request — ^that of reading a chapter of the 
every night to her. 

Thus passed their days, and at eleven o'doi 
he performed a feat of which he would not 
considered himself capable svl montlis badt" 
he undressed without dressing again ; and 
nest day came and went, and days 
weekfi« and weeks became months, and still 
was sunshine and happiness, Arabella's tm 
ness of disposition, though admitting of 1 
improvement, yet became daily better «ppi 
ciated, and more precious in the eyes of 1 
approving husband. Towards the beginning 
August, however, an event occurred which oc- 
casioned them some little uneasiness; it 
the arrival of an anonymous letter ooucbcd » 
the following mysterious teims : 

"He who depends upon a gambling bsito 
leans upon a broken reedj be wise in time 



THE UNCLE. 



259 



. veil visher, who knowa more than he 

18 warning puzzled them exceedingly, it 
to refer to some impending catas- 
in money matters, bat what it was 
were utterly ignorant. Henry was confl- 
\t that the little he had, was entirely out of 
reach of any gambling banker, or any 
whatever; and he concluded that Mr. 
most have made such arrangements 
his newly acquired wealth, as to place it 
hi lecurity. " Arabella," said he, "I do not 
Bkc this letter, it looks as if it was intended 
V» prat us on our guard ; it does not seem to 
tte like a hoax either. Who is your father's 
Wker?'' 

"Buckingham and Stanfield, I suppose; they 
^wc roy uncle's, and I do not know that my 
^^^ bad any idea of changing them/' 

"Staafidd was by way of being a saint, and 
^ more than suspected of being a sinner. 
iii oertatnly managed to swear through that 



MO 



hardness; or, 



artorj about his father-in-law^ s will; but 
body ever believed that the old man 
knew what he was doing, when he is add 
have signed it. Buckingham, I know, used 
play; he betted high^ and had the ct 
of making a capital book, but it wa» aJi 
a large one, and it is easy enough to wia 
the book, and lose by the pocket. I 
think that house was a slippery concern 
I vrvih your father did not deal there." 

" You had better write to him now/* 
Arabella, beginning to be somewhat alar 
"I do not understand anything about 
matters J surely the banker would not be 
dishonourable as to spend our money V* 

" Such things have happened/* said H( 
musingly ; " and may happen again* la **! 
ordinary case of bankruptcy, the loss isg^o^j 
rally only a part of the balance of the c\ 
account, but in a firm with a suspected b] 
orite, aud a known gambler at its head, tt 
impossible to say^ to what extent robbery 



THE UXCLE, 



261 



been cnrricd on before the crash came, 

fhat atrocities they may have been guilty 

atave it off. I really do think the best 

I can do is, to go up to London to- 



Do/* said Arabella ; "I ani getting 

led; and Henry I wish you would ^o and 

that poor Miss Irving, to drink tea with 

lis evening ; she must be dreadfully lone- 

I'm sure ; she has hardly any body to 

to, and I do not think we behave quite 

[to her/' 

^Welly I do not see what claim she has upon 
rerer, as you wish it^ I'll go and ask her. 
I aak her to dinner? a leg of mutton 
carry three." 

Do^ Ucnry, if it does not annoy you, but 

need not say anything about the guitar.'' 

fOh, trust me for that," returned her hus- 

who was as much alive as any man in 

i, to the alarming properties of a guitar 

hands of a lover of (her own) sweet 



M2 



hardness; or. 



sounds ; and lie went on hi» hospitable mi 
leaving Arabella to somewhat disturbed 
tatioti« 

" I should break ray heart/* thought' 
" if any thing really did happen that redi 
Heiuy to poverty for my sake; even now, 
can see that our means do not come up to 
ideas. There h a constant struggle going 
in his mind^ between vhat he thinks 
to be done, and which he knows canBOt 
done; but this would be dreadfui. I 
bear it well enoughj after all, it is only wbatJ 
have been accustomed to all my life, but I 
the future : I doubt whetheT he and 
win agree. I am sure that the falling back 
poverty, would be the de^th of her too; 
what would Jubana do, who has ao com] 
set her heart upon being a fine lady. I 
are they happier ? T am sure I should n«t 
so ; yet after aU, there are so many poor 
to relieve^ so much good to be done ;- 
bebeve there might be some pleasure in 



THE UNCLE. 



S6» 



ladv- However, I shall never be one, 
u no use thinking about it ; and papa, 
mire he was much happier here than he 
can be in London. I wish they were all 
home again ; and Henry, I do not think 
looks well, I'm sure he does not, only he 
will confess it; well, it is very wrong 
ig way to low spirits. I must go and see 
getting a crab for second course, that 
Irving may have her old joke about 
jbe's Tales/' She was a sweet, benevolent, 
■iilcing creature, Arabella de Burgh, a 
Christian, who when she was smitten on 
dieek, offered the other* 
Uennr proceeded to search for the learned 
rhom he found, acconling to her custom, 
lying Madame de Genlis* Manuel des 



*■ It really is an interesting study this, Mr. 

Eorgh/' taid she, as she closed the book ; 

thowi how many different wars there are 

flsyiog the »ame things. Now how should 




S&64 hardness; or, 

j^ou say, 'beloved of roy heart, dei^ to 
ill Latin ?" 

*' There u no such things" gTa\^ly aiu 

Henry, whose Latiu had in a great 

oozed out at his fingers' ends^ " the 

had no hearts — they never made love ;" and 

ha\^ng summarily disposed of that eaibamiUttBfj 

question^ he proceeded to uiifokl his iniitioi^ 

which was received with much moro afitibili? 

than the celestial emperor accorda to the "awfr 

raunications^' from the outer barbarLiin&. h- 

vitations to dinner have a specific Action 

the human constitution, in all cases «nc 

and satinizing the mind, aa the Scltlatigcnl 

waters do the skin ; inducing a sort of easy 

satisfaction — an eifcct like something betvoen i 

cigar and wiuning a bet ; but to a solitary 

ster like Miss Irving^ they are real Qi 

breaking that deadly chain that han^ 

the limbs of the single, whose links ar^ rout 

chops, beef steaks, vehicles of m 

licensed to cany one, day after day, yemt 




THE r^CLB. 



-it is almost as bad as sharing : Done but 
really know the virtues of a joint of 
Miss Irving's solitary culinary prepa- 
"wcre respited for that day, and she 
at the appointed time, equipped in 
most brOliant apparel, to do suitable honour 
the leg of mutton. 
I hope you can dine off a plain joint, Miss 
ig ; we hare nothing but a leg of mutton 
offer you," said Arabella, as the invited 
% aU " nods, and becks, and wreathed 
\" entered, gleaming in crimson and gold, 
armed out of the Manuel des Voyage'irs, 
really grateful to them for remembering 
loneliness, even apropos to roast mutton. 
t^' Indeed, my dear Mrs. de Burgh, I am quite 
€ with your politcsse; the jambc de mouton 
|Qsy dotu penchant, and it is quite a pleasure 
to see your connubial menage; there ia 
log very interesting in the lawful fond- 
junour propre, of a new-married couple. 
S^ow that your beaux jours sont passees you wiU 

VOL. It. M 





HAmUKESS; OR, 

mDDw Faxitre moade sometimea to intnide iipooi 
vonr mesaft pliinim. But I baTe some newa Co 
tdl joa; do jcm know that I receive a letUr 
lo^jr firom Mr. HopeweU, and a visit from ilMt 
genlieaiaa that exdumged wit^ him/' 

•• ^ITiJit does Mr. Hopeirell say ?'* asked Ara- 

baw 

*' Ob, he is ddightod with hia new panab, 
and partieokrlT with bis lector, Mr. Howard, 
uid bis family ; hot still be writes in wretcbed 
spirits^ and seems to think be is d\iug/' 

*' I do not know anybodjr whom I i 
pfiefer to attend laj death-bed than 
Howard^'^ coolly obaerred Uenxy, who eren 
the plenitiide of bis Tictory, could haidly 
(Ci^c the unhappy curate's rivaUry. *' 1 
ber, before I went into the arrny^ he used 
manage to gire me a great deal of good ad 
witlumt boring me, and I nc%'er bare met any 
bodv who could do so once/' 

" Really you must not talk ao, Hcniy^ 
are getting quite odd to-day/' interrupted Aia- 



I 



THE UNCLE. 



267 



bella. ** Why should poor Mr. Hopewell die? he 
m quite ycmng yet V 

''Ob, I do not want him to die/' answered 
lord ; " if he does, however, he cannot be in 
hands/' 
-'Then, Mr. de Burgh, your uncle is going 
Foaci — he is going to make a tour round 
orope, for the good of his health, a cordon 
MiTiftitii*'" It must be delightful travelling un 
fU^ continent — hearing the common people 
^Tlftt^g ' French, and German, and Italian, as 
^^^nlj^ nM we talk common English. Lord In- 
pj^gttc Mpe is going to the German spa. 

• • I eiuuiot concehre," returned Henry, '* what 

2jonl Inniamorc can want with mineral waters, 

l ift lia« a constitution of iron — he always has 

^ojoye^ ^^^ ^08t perfect health ; and Higgins 

liftre no earthly object in taking him 

ISA* 

*• NoWj 3liM Irving, our humble repast awaits 



^ Pr*y# Mr. de Burgh," said the lady^ as 
N 2 



out 



J -I 



Mr. 



firofic B oJ 



CH.\PTER XVI, 



AuGCST came^ and irith it the dispersion of 
the dwellers in the modem Babel. It seemed 
if flome giant principle of repulsion was at 
^k in the centre of London, scattering its 
inlittbitaxita abroad among the nations ; for it is 
O0t onlj tKe great and the gay that fly from 
town Jbi if it were a city of the plague^ at the 
of the season^ hut the worthy dti^ena rsehe 
temporary lull in the rarely*reposing capi- 
^mIs ^'^ devote it to shrimps and sea>beach. If 
S^ Jianie* and St. George move off with a dig- 
j^ified tranquillity to the (x>untry or the con- 
ffww*nt, not the less does St. Giles rnenaoe 
Qf^fCiCudi St. Paul embarks for Ramsgato ; 



KiUI03il 



OE, 



trnkm the 



air at Hat^att; 



bm 



lardHLotli 



pnyipitates iCsdf upon Bh§\i^; 



an the North Fc 



cames 



down 




THE UNCLE. 



271 



J^t baa been in his famUj for centuries must be 

inow* be is ruined. Look at that disappointed 

[jobber! his party is not in yet — if it were, 

has made no progress; his speeches have been 

^hed down y no notice has been taken of 

mbseiriency ; the money he paid for his 

lost ; a dissolution threatened^ and he has 

mure to spend; he must eink back again 

iongnilicancej minus half his fortune. See 

manoBu^Ting mother; she brought two 

iters up to town in May^ at the certain 

of three years' income I boundless 

ber expectations from them; unceasing 

efforts; unslnmbering the vigilance with 

Itch she guarded them from objectionables — 

[Tweeted of heaven — ^younger brothers — 

her devotion to the archangels of her 

-young lords. It was all in vain, the 

tider daughter had a heart, and gave it to a 

OMMtn. She is au bumble country clergyman's 

vtfe for the rest of her days. The youngest 

>ut *he nevertheless captivated a 




TBB UNCLE. 



27a 



•UK % hope of Tetnriiing to London for years, 

IjOik at that needy fortune-hunter ! he too btis 

^■Tippled hioiBelf in a matrimonial speculation — 

*«id no resahv. All his efforts to " make au 

•ppearanoe/* have been friiitlesB ; cab, groom, 

■tafiei, have aU been bad investments : wherever 

h» tent, the fatal question still followed him, 

^ho is he ?" and the yet more fatal answer, 

Ifobodj knows/^ Matters in London are 

too large a scale for small men to attain 

^Hd) suooesa, he must try Bath and Chelten- 

; he must succeed within the year, or 

— ft prison. That pale girl's affections 

*^^ been heartlessly won and heartlessly trifled 

^^*^ by a male flirt, simply because he had 

dac to do. Every where disappointed 

baffled endeavours^ fruitless expectations 

*^ rife ; what hundreds of day dreams, bright, 

ittering;, decked out in all the variegated hues 

^ hope, are fading and vanishing ! what hun- 

of castles in the air, stately elevations, 

as the earth knows not« are crumbling 



<r g 



274 








It nuiT 

haxafy felt aeottfr 
of their Londoa ittflB 

bM^ before MfsJ4» 

bftdiliakoitbetrbKieii' 

Tke oppcvtinntT oT iBfl^ 

and Oiertuusy ^•' 

, bid not b00 

bad not been as Dacli v ^ 

ft. Umrj deBo^ 

; that ia to«7,^ 

' vini and reiiu'iied it '' 

flonrislwd, fiuled, dM «>' 




THE UNCLE. 275 

^ith regard to Miss Juliana, it h still leas 

to dwell upon her melanchaly disap- 

P^'^tmeiit. Where is the heart that cannot 

W tiie inten&ity, the sublimity of woe, the 

O'tthing desolation of the Beulah Spa cata- 

•^phc ? Let it away^ let it brood over the 

riffling horrors of the union workhouses ; let it 

S^t on the merciless rising and falling of the 

Wly roller, or the three-and-tenpenny mar- 

tfrdom of the church-rate victim ; let it not 

fBter the hallowed temple of romance. Juliana's 

reached the subhme, and had their foot 

the ncit step ; the loss of her unworthy 

rcr left so unbearable a void in her heart, 

no hope of consolation remained for her 

this side of the grave, hut that of tilling 

up by finding another directly, and she 

il to work accordingly, with the most 

prmiseworthy assiduity. It is a melancholy 

fiMt that oar success is not invariably in a 

io to the exertions we make. Juliana 

it 80 ; had she been living among gentle- 





pO ■ 
pity mar lead i^ ' 
te lMr« die had todealwitJi 
It to say eoDteroptQOBs)? 
ooe of the infallib le »>^ 
of a aoob is a ^spositioii to?**^ 
Id diatort their motives — to jep^^ 
fiimmkikuiuXhm\i to imdenralue tbeircha^^'^ 
tnra^ aai to ApHBge dM^ affecticma. 
tloa pecDfiantj' ansa from the instinctive irp*^^ 
naacB with wludi waDen discorer and shr^^*^ 
from a poQgfirited and despicable chanC^ 
til nan, that avakeaa their wrath^ or that i 
aio^ the kite of enl-apeaking, oboonng 
safes! mode of indalging itselC or what ia 
pfobahle, it is nothing but an imperfect 
matioo of the htun, incapacttatttig the palki'^ 
from forming an honest judgment ; the €m1 i^ 
certain ; the sjmptom is not to be nii»takf9 , 
and among such young gentlemen, poor la- 
liana's amiabilities met with a somewbpst str- 
castic reception. 



% 



THE UNCLE* 



277 



Upon my honour," said the intellectual 

^f' Hopkins^ " that lovely creature is falling 

itely in love with me : it is exceedingly 

Ling ; she may be Leander if she pleases, 

«he must look out for another Hero/' (Mr, 

f^<*f*kmf's classical education, it must he ob- 

•^^^j had been completed at the London 

" Heally it is too presumptuous," loftily re- 
cked the fine Mr. Wilkinson, *' What in the 
can induce her to Hatter herself that she 
tnake any impression upon such a man as 

* Don't she wish she may get it ?** was the 

'^^rammatic enquiry of the facetious Mr. 

^^ttithson. Old birds are not to be caught by 

^^^; and so it was, that, annoyed and disap- 

P<jiiited on all hands, the party determined to 

cast tlieir griefs to the winds, or rather to the 

rii?es« for they prepared to embark for the 

OQDttnent. The how, when, and where of this 

cspterpnaittg step was determined by the fol- 



o«. 




tkT< 




diat the Eari oi 
by Miw de Bon^ 
adviser, Do^ 
kburkmg on Soni^ 
Stain for Antweipv cm roi^ 
kn lordship hiff berd 
of Im healtlL Lor^ 
William deB 
tfe hMoStf estates in the 
^ Ii^^^ 4mm^ the absence of tlie 
ontlKcaatiiieiit.'' 

it decided Mr&. JohnK^ 
tesohred to tack benelf on totKa 
paflrty." aa &r as Antweirp at all 
Her tener dodbls as to the importance 
Hemr's fiunilT had giren way to almost i s^ 
ffliMiiiii i ia Tencntiaii for that ancient blood 
An eui of Innimiore vas in her eyes a superior 
of beiiig ; to be looked at with uo ali^' 
and a personal acquaintance ^ 
«lMm wQidd constitiite a great additioQ to 




pcnonal importance. Berths were accord- 
Hfy bespoken in the Antwerp company's 
po^'eifol and splendid steam ship Antwerp, 
*c. Sic, The proper stores were provided for 
^ expedition ; such as hand-books, telescopes, 
*••» camera lucida, conrier, wire spectacles, 
"•^icnne chest, leather slieets, and such like 
itidispeDsable accompaniments for travelling. 
Mr. Johnson^ senior, who, with his custo- 
^■'y apathy left all the arrangement to the 
**"^, was, after a slight and little heeded 
'^**tjwice upon his part, clothed in a canvas 
'^^i n linen coat and cloth boots, with an urn- 
^••^Uji in his hand, and a strong leathern pouch 
aver his shoulder, for containing money, 
y, and ao forth. Every thing was ready for 
tour; but they little knew what a day 
I ^^Ifht bring forth* 
^K It was bat two days before theii- intended 
^B^]»rtnre, that, as Mr. Johnson was as mual 
^^dying the " Times " in connexion with his 
^^^ and toast, his attention was suddenly 
^Vtested by the following significant article. 



■JkmONBBS; OB, 



-Wc 



psipoaefy abstBiiied from notic- 
oontemporaries have, «c 



Ijr, done, the rarooun 
Ae txyvm kw beeo inimdated, iiv 
iajB, respecting tbe Iosk* 




OvBckf 



TB« UNCLE. 



281 



We understand that a single combat of 

ipled severity took place on Friday 

ittfht, between the bank at the head of St 

Jame^Vstreet, and that in street, which 

ternunated at five o^clock on Saturday morning 
the defeat of the latter with a loss of 
-^^jOOO. The singular resources of the loser 
^'^Pre displayed in a manner that probably no 
^**^*er city in Europe could have boasted of; the 
^•^tire sum having been paid in full by twelve 
^^Oek the same day ; — but we woidd venture to 
to the discarded of fortune, that the credit 



I 



% banking-house is but ill sustained by heavy 

^**^ repeated public losses; it is time *high- 

^^•oiiiiig Buckingham grew circumspect/ We 

^^e, however^ authority to state, tliat the at- 

^**tioii of his partners having been drawn to 

^**t gentleman's conduct, a rigid inquiry has 

^•*H instituted into the affairs of the firm in 

^)^>c«tioii^ and that no doubt is entertained but 

^W the result of that investigation will be to 

mpf from the mind of the public the sUght* 



e»t doubt as to the solTency of the wcU-known 
uid Id^ttfy respectable bouse of which he is 
m member." 

Mr. Johiisoii Lud down the paper with mi 
u&eMy oontTACtioii of the muscles of his mootliL 
Then is something exceedingly alarming in 
the bare idea of the possibihty of one's baalur 
plajing tricks; a chilly foreboding of menaoeit 
evil came over bim ; a philoeopber might ham 
told him th»t the atmosphere was bi^ily dunged 
with electricity^ and affected his aerres. Mr. 
Johnson knew nothing, and cared less, aboat 
the subtile Buid that pensdes space, but be fell 
that sometfaiitg was wrong. Alas 1 Iheie wat 
yet worse in store* The paragraphs he had 
read, had been written in the ordinary Doomr 
of " making up" the paper, during the 6a§ 
time ; but^ during the uight au untoward wmad 
had taken place, diven adviirtiiiemGnts had 
been dislodged from the third column of the 
'Thunderer/ sudi as: 'Lost a dark rod aad 
purple paroquet, its biU short, aa if worn, tibt 



THB UNCLE. 



288 



tail leathers broken^ tLt; aidea of the Head 
nibbed firom tbe wires of tbe cage,^ &c. kc^ 
' If the youth of tiienty years of age, who 
led hia home on Monday last^ will return to 
his diaconsolate parents,^ &c. &c. As Mr. 
JohnBon deposited the paper on the table^ the 
§apat page was uppermost, and his eye was 
Infltiinily caught by the following stunning 
notice: 'Five thousand pounds reward. Whereas 
Mr. John Buckingham/ then came an accurate 
deacripitioii of his personal appearance, &c. &c. ; 
mnd an intimation that he was charged with 
forigcry and embezzlement. His worst fears 
were now realised^ here was no common bank- 
rtxfiUry, if bankruptcy it was ; here was embezzle- 
ja ent, here was fraud, here was forgery^ here 
sni^i be ruin. He hastily proceeded to the 
iMiUdng house, and as might have been ex- 
pected, found it shut, and the doors sur- 
rounded by an angry and excited multitude. 
All sorts of rumours, of course, pre^^ailed 
mMMMJOiog them ; some talkod of robbery, tome of 



; o». 






ani Aat it wss mocly & ten. 
that tbe bcnae fvoli 
<m tiie moiTov ; oUten, tgia, 
tke vliQfe fffoperty bad ben 
p igo, and ihsX tiieie 
mtJbe poukd dmiiadi 
■Ipot^and 
1 CBtcfeB^ Ubi first. Msny^^ 
ke ^d had ft fiMt-wlniig tduxiiS 
hoi fti Cofves for months^ m^ 
HBOft's BOtioev thmthefaadckaitd 
hj thb tme, and aotbiii^ oodii 
■d, he vms off on tbf 
puiBiicd for choktb* 
tiiat had sailed it dif 
Mr, JghMQB could not hdp ob^ 




iaTanahhp took Uke 
Tiev of the MttfT 
«A11 that vie kaorwaaye^ ar/' ntdil^ 
that stood noff biVi 



TBB CMCLE. 



285 



Uim 



^ tiat he has absconded having committed 

""feery, but we do not know for how many 

he has been going on with that system ; 

do not know what the assets of the firm 

f^y turn out to be, or what sum he has taken 

him that may be made available if he is 

[****ght; or what snm he has made away ^th 

[tt«l never can be replaced at all. I am very 

afraid that my loss will be heavy for a 

Pc^ man like me to bear; but stilly it is 

''i^rciy lots, it is not ruin ; and I can assure 

y^>a, sir, that I think very little of it compared 

^^h the utter, absolute ruin, that I am certain 

^^ fail upon hundreds of others, many of 

^*^om have nobody to help them, and no means 

Helping themselves. Sir, you may take the 

^<*rd of a man, who has been bred to business 

his cradle, who learned to cipher before 

learned to write, and has plenty of grey 

^*if* on his head now, old Nick himself does not 

P'J'iess in the armoury of hell such an implement 

^ttiischief as a forged power of attorney.'^ 




mtidst m whirl and oonfiuQaii 
ntmoon snd baseteH ipea* 
die iptiting topic that all mai* 
£bD id, was sore to oocojiTa 
^Kemtterfoiii^iiewspapera^ andtbejvcA 
ssaafcrlT aoo^lit after as Srbillme karcs* Ik 
grare " St a id ai d^ momlned upon the erSt ft 
iSampaSBkn wmd ^mtMhig, witii an alltiaon to 
Jttdaa wli» kept tfe Ing, and an inqmrr tf^ 
to wbal chtiid Mr. Bnckingliain finequentd ^ 
tbe report tiiai be was a Sodnian wv 
; at tbe aame time decUring;, (not 
r,) tiiai it imtst be a great 
to ^e saficren to faiow^ that br tbe ptcsoA ' 
ST of tbe czimina] law, tbeir Dtmait 
to apprdicnd tbe culprit ooold wi 
tbeir incornng tbe guilt of coittri- 
bowerer remoteijry to tbe death of t 
tbe offence being now onh 
like boTing a soldier's jade^ 
a eonple of turnips. Tbe officnl 
Globe ^repeated what bad appeared in thc»e- 



TH£ UNCLE. 



2a7 



editioa of the "Morning Chronicle," mak- 

Mghtof the bankruptcy and disappearance of 

lugitiTe ; but adding in terms of the high- 

oomunendation, that the government, with 

pnuseworthy energy, had telegraphed the 

nt Portsmouth to detain a ten-gun brig, 

* DiTcr/ that was expected, if she survived; 

a cniisc off the southern coast of Ireland 

about a week, and keep her ready for sea at 

moment's notice, to take the chace the in- 

tlanl the direction of the fugitive's flight should 

be knoviii The " Courier" lamented the credu- 

tor of the public, who, it is said, ought to have 

foreseen that the unfortunate man's extrava- 

imt and irregular life could end in nothing 

rain and bankruptcy, and having no ori- 

observations of its own to offer on the 

;, contented itself with rebutting the 

hints, oracularly thrown out by the 

[ Vorning Herald,*' insinuating that the railway 

ipanics were at the bottom of the mischief; 

i'<^ the savage "Sun'' rated the other partners 



OWL, 

Ibrnoilimviagpitlmalop to his proceed- 
long 9^, tmlked of tarring juid festbenn^ 
jnitioe, frcih from the fount of li 
jutice — pnbfie opminn — undilated byjodicn 
foritt; md copied firam the *^ Post" a ij^^i^ 
oolofared deacriptioii of a '^ snmptnoiu Imacfl^ 
thb dki ing i u abed gentleman gave at Gtm" 
wich on FridaT laat to a select circle of ltf> 
frieiid% mdnding the Duke and Ducbeii ft 
Fainrland; Earl of Elftown, and Lady TiUn» 
Sflph; Lord George Goblin, Sir CarnabyCobdi 
Major-general Salamander^ Captain Kelpie 
B. X^ Mrs. Banshee, Count Manntenfel, «* 
■eieral other distinguished fashionables. I^ 
entertainment went off in the moat tpiisti' 
manner/' kc &c out of which harmksii** 
nouncement the " Sun," by a peculiar procdi 
of radical alchemy, extracted an '* insult " tot^t 
rirtuous middle classes, many of whom f^ 
to be sufferers by the villain's extravagance, «d^ 
proceeded in its usual manner to dednec 6^ 
the water sootjie and white bait, whidi }ff ^ 



bj that time, the necessity of 

House of Peers, One and all, 

forth their budget of inventions 

bubtcd authority,*^ and night closed 

' light being tlirowii upon the affairs 

flimate house. 

) howeyer, brought disclosures ; and 

^ news that the tempter, who had 

bctimoniouB Stansfield to join in his 

E cities, had been busy during the 
g and perfecting his claim to his 
had worn so late without his ex- 
aj symptom of rising, that his bed- 
ed by his servant, and a small 
on the floor, a strong smeU of 
and a cold, lifeless corpse, an- 
rith silent yet awful distinctness, how 
Stansfield had evaded the justice 



1 of robbery, forgery, embezzlement, 
extent, and the time it bad been 
now exposed to the thunder- 





to be^ fomul tte' 
So GudnDr liad Bik^ 
bmm cBMi oo, tluitiicii 
oC the fmpaeaA of wuf 
difrfxcd, ndlMng thai could exake 

mqnirT had oocorred ; ke bad tt itt 
been mdy for a start, and had m fMt 
making good his ewaipc witloi 
a few liotm of tlie time tliat be foimd tkl 
wnfthing Hke mspkiQii in tbe mixid of tkl 
paUk^ atMUi^ horn tiie enormous ^^inmnit rf 
his kmmm lottea, made the explomn tnentilillt 
Mr. Johoaon found be must prefiat^ for tbe 
wont. His account bad been OfMsiod it • 
time that tbe dsfliciiltiea of Ibo \umMt wvn 
most iiressiiigi tbe magnitude of tbe ram» die 
facility of reaUaing tbe greater ymrt of it, tad 



UMCLS. 



291 



t absence of business-like habits in 

', hftd attracted the confederates* 

the glittering bait; and when the names 

principal sufferers were ascertained^ it was 

that a sweeping series of sales under 

powers of attorney had made away with 

the whole amount of Mr. Johnson's 

le, and that the assets would not reach a 

ig in the pound* 



o2 



CHAPTER XVn 



"This waj, my lord, if you please^ 
Higgiiis to his patron^ whose temper had be 
sorely tried tn his passage from the stain 
the steamer by a woman io the boat witfc 
child in her arms, who tcQuld keep i 
that they should all be drowned ; ** this irir, 
you please ; that^s where the crew and the cl- 
ones and the kitchens are f* and in anotJicr 
minute Lord Innismore, with hit niece ami tk 
doctor, were standing upon the apadoof ifi^ 
ter-deck of a Erst rate steamer^ and gfi^ 
with some little interest upon the bmf if^ 
that was enacting forwards. The secm^ ' 
carriages, the shipping and stowing iwi/ ^ 



THE UNCLE. 



293 



jjllighlj 



passengerft' luggage; the exits and the eii- 
traneea, the fidgetty anxiety of the voyageri^, 
contrasting strongly with the hard business-likc 
ifidifiTerence of the crew, who went almost 
snechauically about the performance of the 
IHHtcmtuy duties that their approaching de- 
parture made necessary. Nor were the pas- 
wstigers themselves less a study. Here might 
be aeen a family starting for the first time 
upon a continental tour, with open eyes and 
raised expectations^ resolved to be 
lied, and to make the best of every- 
; opposite them another group, whose 
4fiep mouming and downcast countcnaucesj 
Aoired too truly that it was the withdrawal 
^ the hand of death of the support which 
^ exertions of u father had hitherto af- 
"*iecl them, that drove them to seek, in the 
and the cheapness of the continent, 
of supporting a respectable appear- 
!, and giving the younger branches a liberal 
location. There an idler saunters carelessly 



■▲miiirmtt; or, 

anidovn the deck; he has h«d eooo^^ 
■ml IuIt, snd has his route atniAf 
oii. Fruikfort, Vieima, 

Alaomdiia, Malta, Gibnlw; 

r the httntizig. NearliiB 

anxMJUft glaaoes bom Im 

from the captun totb 

aad thiBBigain to kb 

till! a great 

horn hia mmd wheo tk 

ta^T Via not going abroad (or pkaaoii, 

of his oim. Hunt' 
was a raapnxai tA 
to kare had eiUMi^ of it; tntf 
that GTOvded dedt affortU 
tha& th^ oflmd bj Usf 
^ Bv|^ aoidl tibr gfintlemaxi who stood bf ^ 
ttdi^ tka Vneoiiiit Ciihlovii. Itwasa 
oiiomorBaautfaiidtkeBcmst. Hit 
not haviBf mmie tiie propw Iw had 

m her affectioos, that » to a|f r '^ 





induced her to propose for him, or 
up nerve enough to propose for her, 
indeed succeeded in composing a formula 
Hie, if he had taken heart of grace and 
le the plunge, had decided upon accompa- 
ifittg the party to CarUbadj and was in 
^Mteodance accordingly, amusing himself with 
Offer the side of the vessel, and spitting 
the water. Poor Mary's thoughts were 
uo means of an agreeable character. She 
in her usual state of perplexity; she was 
sorry for her conduct to Waverton, nor was 
•orrow unmixed with shame; she had not us 
reconciled herself to Cubtown, and he had 
proposed if she had done so. Title, wealth, 
all, he was not very attractive; and thv 
litive yes or no, that decides often in the 
ihc fate of a life, is very different from the 
speculative preference of one match to 
mother. She was glad of the bustle of getting 
aider weigh, because it distracted her thoughts, 
And glftd when they were fairly in motion, and 




3M 



UARDNESS ; OB^ 



the perpetual occurrcuce of new object! 
pied her attention. 

"The man that I bought this britsctoC 
said Lord Cubtown, who had proceeded fom*^ j 
with the doctor, and was amnsiog himself bt 
rangiiing upon the merits of hia carriage i 
'' was a bitter slow coach, a regular sap^ ui 
here you see under his apron he had a poft»bl« 
book-casC; which I, of course, sent to tk 
de\il, and estabhshed instead a much bdoR 
sensible sort of thing, a canteen. See, h/tt 
are two square decanters for spirits ; and tfo 
round ones for wine, and a neat of silver »»• ; 
blcrs. Here are the knives, forks^ and plal<«i 
that place will hold a fowl or a bit of borf; 
here is a place for bread, here are the cnicti» 
and this you see is the kitchen. That s^ 
lamp with six burners would lieat up anytluDfi^ 
boil water in less than no time ; that^s 
thing to have with you travelling ; you Ui 
stop for nothing then-" 

'* Indeed, and it's very complete,'^ 



THE CKCLE. 



297 



and FU engage will be a great con- 
in the wild, outlandish parts we are 

f And 1 got a fellow that*8 constantly poking 
lit the«e sort of placca^ to give me what he 
ed a * card that pays ;' and I believe it does 
\to have something of the sort ; it puts you 
lb what to do^ and eat and drink on the 
L Here it is ; no, this is a list of the — 
Udi — ^Antwerp, Grand Laboureur, no- 
m to tee; drink Bourdeaux and Cognac 
^nm, some fellows can drink the Bierre 
JDnvainCi but I do not malt, I do though^ — 
p beastly/' 

I beg your pardon, sare," interrupted an 
lisent looking foreigner who was standing 
f them^ " but you will find the Cathedral of 
krs worthy of a visit, and the Museum of 

Die Museum of Rubens," repeated Lord 
tmni, feeling his travelling perplexities 
|iy commenced, and not very clear whe- 



298 



hardness; OS, 



ther a Museum of Bubena migbt uot m^ > 
museum of fossils or of pickled moniten; 
"the ^luscum of Rubens, what the dciiceiij 
Museum of Rubens V 

" Fm thinking it's paintings, my lord," inf»j 
gested the doctor, " My namesake, Peter 
bens, was a great painter in the time of 
vagabond CromwelL bad hick to him/' 

"Oh I paintings, we don't come abrosd 
«ee paintings. Why I never as much as m 
to see the eidiibition in London. Aix-l 
pelle, Grand Monarque, note there is a 
hell there, that's a comfort. Drink Wi 
portsheimer and Ahrbleichart, (what iufe 
hard names !) Cologne/' 

'^ But sare, with permission, in the Doi 
Aachen repose the ashes of Charlemagne. 

" Let them repose, I should be sorry to 
turb them/' answered the youth. 

"Faith, they might light up again if 
poked them," slily edged in the doctor, 
care they wouldn't turn into a Boueypartc."^ 



THE UNCLE. 



299 




Cologne, all the inn* bad, get out of it as 
u you caa/' 

But Mirely not before you bave seen the 
e, sare," 
*• What's the Dome ? is it anything like the 

is the cathedral, sare,^' 
Sure we didn^t come here to see eathe- 
said the doctor. 
" Oh ! but the Dom zu Koln is the inoiil 
sting cathedral in the world; it is not 
this six hundred years/' 
More ahame for them," said the doctor 
gnantiy, "not to finiah the cathedral. I anp- 
they are defaulters, all for the voluntary 

; ^hj don't they make a rate V 
Coblenz, nothing/' continued Cubtuwii. 
Asmannhauiier ; do not touch the spark- 
Ehreubreitsteiner, it is infernally sweet/" 
But, sare, there is Ehrenbreitstein, the 

t fortress in Europe/' 
Pooh,^' said Higgins, " I'll engage Dover 



KAEOXC9S: om^ 



it to |Aeeeft io a 



jiicy. 



comiTiiiifd the Tonng nobboiAi 
eoQBtoFniiklbrt; great fiin at the 
and Kirsdiiras&er, til 



So«t& G^rmMnr; 'vmre bnndy, it's ton* 
of ram asid potato wldskey/* 
"TbereistiieBamerbergat Fnmkfort, aft; 
and Staedel MiDseuiiii vd\ 



te 



** Tte Hmj bov much 



SW 



of Daimecker; the figure tf 
tipoQ a liouessy and bo^ 



at Theseus^ who has 



** What a ram tooch t » ahe a fine wonuo 
*It is a beaatiliii statue.^' 
" But hoar the deril do thej dress her? 
in a ridia^ hafait F' 

" No ; she is quite naked." 
*Eh — ohy — a woman sitting poeled «* * 
; bT lore that must be a fine si^- ^ 



THE UNCLE. 



301 



go and 8ce that, doctor. Will you remember 

tattie at Frankfort ? Yes, and then there's 

tbey build drags Bomewhere near; we 

**l overhaul that. Why whafs this ? K — O — 

li, Koch's cellars, you sham wanting to buy 

ke, and he asks you to dinner. DeviliRh artful 

that, Pll try it on ; doctor, we must stay 

fUyB at Frankfort. Mem. try Johannis- 

and Steinbei^. Wurtzburg, nasty cramped 

l-iwhioned place, like Chester, Drink Stein 

Lei§ten^ queer squab bottles. You see, 

this is a most Taluable document, you 

can go astray with it. Now I would 

give a d — n for travelling, if I did not 

(ow exactly the right thing to do, wherever 

'c?nt, so as to have the worth of my money, 

I wonder how he managed to forget the — 

Lt doyou call it? — the Ariadne at Frankfort." 

bil.<tt the gentlemen were thus usefully 

»lciyed discussing the points an acquaint- 

with which was requisite to enable them 

rive the utmost interest from their journey. 



I 



304 HARDNESS; OR, 

all is 80 still, yet all is in motion : yon Eop*" 
can be very busy without making any bustle- 

" Faitb, you may say tbat, when yoa ^ 
home to your friends," said Hig^ns^ " it*s ^till 
water runs deep/' 

" Ah, by Jove," said Cubtown, " onr bull- 
dogs go in at the head without giving tongw^- 
that^s the way to do business ; I say, doctor 
I'll be hanged if I don't think that the nrcrw 
higher than the land hereabouts/' 

" It looks mighty awkward, my lord/* *•» 
Uiggins, " I hope there's no danger/* 

" If the river burst its banks, the immdatio* 
would be terrible," observed the foreigner; **» 
is a fact that it is higher than the land/ 

" Eh I" said Lord Cubtown, beginning to f^ 
rather alarmed, '* upon my soul there ought t' 
be an act of parliament about it ; irhat sa ^^ 
femal smash there would be I" 

" Anyhow," the doctor consoled hixnrf' 
*' the boys don't cut the banks here/* 

" How do you mean, cut the banks, dortor 



tun vscjjs. 305 

^hy, my lord, in Ireland, wheuever pota- 
is deta, or the boys arc cross about the 
^ or tbere's talk of a new county cess, they 
fed cut the bauks of the canal^ and let the 
b out*' 

knd what has cutting the canal to say to 

teicc of potatoes ?'* 

don^t knowj my lord, they^re queer crea- 

they don't know what they arc doing 

slves J sure it's only a little while ago that 

>k a spite against Guinness, and where 

fht any of his porter, they staved the 

and spilt it all ; so Guinness recovered 

^1 amount from the county, for the porter 

ras spilt, and then sent another barrel to 

wncr/' 

he got a double profit V* 

Jy so, my lord, lu the name way in 

ion, the diviJ was not so black in their 

s Beresford, and they swore that they 

ruin the Bercsford Bank, because of John 

and the riding-school; so, whenever 



304. 



HARONESS; OR, 



all is so still, yet all is in motion : yoa Eugl^ti 
can be very busy without making any bastle." 

'* Faith, you may Bay that, when pn writ^ 
home to your friends/* said Iliggins, " it's «nll 
water runs deep.'' 

" Ah, by Jove," said Cubtown, " our bull- 
dogs go in at the head without giving tonfiw^ 
thafa the way to do busdneas ; I say, doctor, 
ril be hanged if I don't think that the river b 
higher than the land hereabouts." 

" It looks might)' awkward, my lord/' ^ 
Higgins, " I hope there's no danger." 

" If the river burst its banks, the inundation 
would be terrible," observed the foreigner; "i* 
is a fact that it is higher than the laud,*' 

^' Eh !*' said Lord Cubtown, beginning to g^ 
rather alarmed, *' upon my Boul there ought tw 
be an act of parliament about it ; what an W' 
femal smash there would be !" 

" Anyhow," the doctor consoled 
" the boys don't cut the banks here.'* 

" How do you mean, cut thebanka, doctef 



THE UNCLE. 



305 



'Whj, my lord, in Ireland, whenever pota- 
ia dear, or the boys are cross about the 
I, or there's talk of a new county ceaa, they 
ind cut the banks of the canal, and let the 

out" 

And what has cutting the canal to say to 
price of potatoes ?" 

I don't know^ my lord, they're queer crea- 
I, they don't know what they are doing 
ves i sure it's only a little while ago that 
' took a spite against Guinness, and where 
' caught any of his porter, they staved the 
th, and spilt it all ; so Guinness recovered 
bU amount from the county, for the porter 
was spUt, and then sent another barrel to 
jastomer." 

Then he got a double profit V* 
Exactly so, my lord. In the same way in 
icbelUon, the dinl was not so black in their 
At a Bereaford, and they swore that they 
i ruin the Beresford Bank, because of John 
dius and the riding-school ; so, whenever 



906 



hardness; oa. 



they found any of tlie notes of the baak, if tbej 
were starring^ they would not pass them, ^ 
burned them every one,'* 

*' They are a curious people, the Iriah," ff- 
marked the foreigner ; '• there is no natioB thi 
has better qualities, or greater natural adviiH 
tages, and yet they are always in miicryti* 
in trouble ; I cannot tell what it is/' 

" Sure it's the whiskey, and the priests, vd 
the tithes, and the landlords, and the dcrtioi^ 
and the agitators, and the whiteboys, siwi ^ 
corporations, play the divil in Ireland/* «iidtW 
doctor : ** if they were all set to rights, it w"* 
be an elegant country to live in." 

The foreigner smiled aud turned awij, » 
did not clearly see his way to the regcacftO^ 
of Ireland, through the comprehensive o^ 
logue of evils the doctor had so fluently c»fr 
merated. In process of time, the 
sat down to dinner ; those who were not 
tomed to travelling considered 
tyrsj of whom the only question 




TB£ CNCLS* 



307 



to die by tke peme dure et forte, or 
ration, by suffocationi or boiled mutton: 
ire e3tpenenced voyagers thanked their 
IT eioellent joints, smoking hot, clean 
prompt attendance and no tossing, for 
bing waa ao smooth that the transition 
Mr to sea was imperceptible. Evening 
PEnenger after passenger turned in; 
aa silence on board, save the unceasing 
ig of the huge paddle wheels ; it was 

moonlight night, and, by eleven, the 
-deck was deserted by all that busy 

that had crowded it during the day 
h: the vigilant steersman, who stood 

wheel and looked watchfully forward ; 
jmiamorei, who, after an unsatisfactory 

ftbe crowded cabin, had returned to 
to pass the night in his britschka; 
aiy, who was about to take possesaiun 
her maid had already made 
I chariot. His lordship paced 
dA and forwards upon the 



bis hat polled orerlu* 
wrong, wbetkr 
tint tiw Bflve wasanAe iuagbt liens 
mlo Lord Cabtiywn's chancter ni 
one he had o&lr ktelr 
and, like most genUemeD of ^ 
•diool, lOMilEiiif WIS an abominattoa ^ 
IB In nBrtrOi^) or wlietiier it wai mai! 
tlie irritilsilitT we eo often expehence, scttiai 
out on a ymmer ; Mary thought, tuM^K^ 
to retire to reil^ that die never had seen ^ 
stem an exprovion upon her uncle's feature 



"It IS getting late, Manr/* said he; '*t<* 
had better get into the carnage, nigM-^ir 
is not always good for young ladiet, or, m^* 
for elderly gentlemen either. I shall i»*^ 
myself oomfortable too, God bless yoo, ^ 
love, I fed as iC—ns if— my heart wai tfl? 
heaiT^* 

*' I wouldn't mind betting a SfMHbl 
bowl of punch/' said the steersman to him^ 



THE UNCLE. 



309 



8aw Lord Innismore shut Mary carefully 

^one carriage^ and then proceed to ensconce 

plf in another j " I wouldn't mind betting 

le-sMUing bowl of punch, that that ere 

kg lady is in love/' 

ifovLF, A.M., a considerate fellow pa^enger 

Be Lord Cubtown^ to see Flushings which, 

Dt a steeple or two, he did not see, the rest 

k concealed by some green mounds^ which 

flM credibly informed were fortifications ; a 

b of news that he received with his fore- 

br placed alongside of his nose, and set 

11 as a hoax; his idea of fortifications having 

h formed on the model of the Tower of Lou- 

L Hegot up, however, and paced upauddown 

hicck, while the steamer ploughed her way up 

jc«crted Scheldt, seeing but few ships, unless 

Belgic uav}*, (three gun boats,) and little 

I until between nine and ten o'clock, when 

r 

^ reached the quay at Antwerp. Here they 

led the usual sights, even Cubtown felt 

pled and awed in the cathedral ; they stared 



310 HABDXBBS; OK, THE UNCLX. 

at the well of Quentiu Mata^s, whose 
tion, 

*♦ ConnubUlas wnor de muJcibre fecit Aj^k U««i," 

the doctor freely translated, " love laoglw li 
locksmiths," The citadel, the silent eloquence ot 
whose open area, clear and level now, when 
clustering building had sheltered thotwandi (i 
warriors, merely elicited from Cubtown tk 
observation, "that it would make a eii|at«^ 
cricket ground,*' and from the doctor, ti< 
amendment, "or bleaching ^reen, my loni;" 
the museum, at the view of which the ^-iscoont 
thoug^h somewhat disappointed at findiog ^ 
it contained no curiosities as he had expecttA 
remarked that Rubens-* women did grart JMt>^ 
to their feeding, concluded their sigfat-ieoB^ 
whereupon his lordship being assored of tk^ 
fact, devoutlj ejaculated, " The 
praised ! *' and proceeded to li^ht a 
token of his mind being at eaae. 



CHAPTER XVIII. 



Th« family party had now re-assembled at 

Lensworth ; Mr. Johnson, with characteristic 

sense, the instant that he had ascertained 

reftlitr and the extent of the catastrophe, 

ioaisted upon meeting it at once as it 

be met ; their servants were turned off, 

ett&biishment broken up, the very car- 

•oldj much against ^Irs. Johnson's will ; 

10 parted with them most reluctantly, being 

ily sensible of the degradation of entering 

rorth in the coach, which penance she 

theless performed, within a few days of 

discovery of their altered circumstances. 

the sudden fall of that family 



om. 





yow&ty, did 
mlndi, or nulii 
tiie nuumer tlMd rt mi^ 
todfk Mrs. JohiiMii' 



do not gift 
aaid ta the 
tbi the society to vhki 
to Wk iar ker greilcst enjojnieiiti, ii 
t^ot wIdA ii pointed oot by nattir^ by tk 




Her attempt to nat 
mto oaporta nce oo the strength of her 
had fiuled «» bmeiitablyy that, in poifit 
of Ck^ it coold hvdhr hmre been said to hfi* 
been made; she hod Htenllj hod bo of* 
paitnnitT of *^^HHE^'*^C ^^ force b^aelf ott 
ndetr, for she knew nobodj to introdnce Is 
eicn in the least esciasf e circles. The mocea^ 
of inoccesstbk ftetinties^ that she hod dtr h} 



THE UNCLE. 



313 



i studied in the " Morning Post/' had been 

land wormwood to her: the two months 

psulNitantial greatness had been a period 

pal discontent, and jawing disappoint- 

it; and she returned to Daffodil Lodge, 

[Bred to make the best of her situation^ and 

^ little consoled hy the reflection that their 

pe would at ail eventa, be increased by the 

jk of the larger fortune, to nearly double 

lit had been before their short-lived affluence. 

uana, who had long joined in her mother^ s 

|6own expectations, had shared in their dis- 

tmenty besides the private one of her own, 

little love- talc of which the apocryphal 

was the hero : and she derived a sort of 

from brooding over her sorrows, as 

them, exalting herself into a heroine 

, in her own eyes ; and with the idea 

lite was a heroine^ came the impression 

be ought to be more like one, ought to 

» to the character. Accordingly, in the 

laoe^ she resolved to begin with magnani- 



314 



HARDXES3; OB, 



nonsly forgiring ArabeUa, for ha^itig 

her; and found to her astotmLme&t I 
aooomplklied this Chris tian resolutiou 
Be to herself^ that^ instead of iU 
yrinfiil ncnfice she bad expected, she 
aobitdhr famid m weight off her mind whe& 
fbrgiTenea was complete. Her altered 
did Bot empe AxnbeUa's penetration, but d|j 
Jtidgiiig fron what she had previously known < 
her wter's diamctery supposed it to 
tnoce fxwa a spirit broken by her dbap( 
ments tban any odier caitse ; andin herj 
kindfiftw and ststedjr attempts to console 
supposed suffereTj AraUella found herself > 
d«atlT lepaid for tbe sacrifice of one erfl 
The next dboovenr that she made^ vss, 
the happineas of our feDow^Teatures, the vadj 
of our own hands, is by no means a ^nigni' ] 
able and uninteresting picture to contemptei 
and she found herself daily more and objK 
inclined to accompany Arabella in thoie 
of unostoitatiovis diarity that made her a bl» 



THl UNCLB. 



315 



to the neighbonrbood. As for her father, 
had bad misgivings from the beginning ; 
r had been abundantly realized; he had 
moaey enough before, quite as much as he 
ted ; he had a great deal more now : their 
«af the miserable dividend of the bank- 
f» estate, would amount to some thousands 
K]and5 at the least : he had been exceedingl}* 
[ in Ijondon, and found his pet Arabella 
ing the greatest happiness at Kensworth ; 
enuuciated the sage maxim, '* What can't 
eurcd must be endured/' and acted up to it. 
on Ileorj de Burgh, however, the effect was 
It will be remembered that from 
beginning of his misfortunes, that gentle- 
's ruling idea had been that of doiugsome- 
for himself, of restoring himself by his 
exertious to the station in society be had, 
! ooujiidered, lost by his extravagance ; how 
iccomplish this, without his uncle's assist- 
waa the puzzle; and now that that 
finally withdrawn, the question became 




916 BJLBBHsn; cib» 

itill : a Tery slight expeiieiu 

tbal lie hjid Httle chance in 

bk of the literary world ; 

mare hopeless yet, thou^ 

fitffaer4n4aw wbs tolerably well o^ 

■ligbt get some emplojmeDl: 

Cttne, and it became zzumiiot 

not even hare a roof tkt ht 

QwUf that he was destined to Iw 

in Daffodil Lodge for tk 

dbv^ Henry de Bui^h decided tf 

Hiat voald never do. He felt wA 

lime was young ; 



gmii.' 



Tke iMomiix whidi the hand of Piondenff 
Ofei to point ont with tmenin^ distxDetntf* 
who is not sshe wooldbt 
had indeed, ooenfRdfi* 
iM Ae beginaing; for, thoo^ he iu^ 
Mt lariNfcd to emhnoe the 




tHB UNCLE, 



317 



of the Borneo and Sumatra Colonisation 
etj, still less to go out to supersede the 
Kigley ; he had always had a lurking suspieioii 
it If as by emigration that he was to restore 
broken fortunes j and the sober picture 
by the surgeon of his late regiment, who 
been quartered in that country in a regiment 
Jaiiuitryj of the state of things in our North 
possessionsi as weU as its future 
Mpects, had drawn his attention to that part 
the globe. Tlie ruin of his father-in-law 
imght matters to a crisis : he felt the necessity 
deciding, did decide, and resolved upou 
ta Upper Canada. How Arabella 
bt like it, was the only difiiculty. 



CHAPTER XIX. 



Loao Innismore had resolTed to pass a 
days at Aix-la-Chapelle previoiia to pi 
to his ultimate destination ; and, accordi 
the second day after his arrival at An! 
found him the leading object of M. Ihremt 
aohcitude, occupying the last comfortable aj 
ments he was to see until his retnm in 
Grand Monarque. He had arrived at the time^l 
honoured city of Charlemagne in the liighefCJ 
good humour, which was occasioned by tlie 
agreeable surprise he had encountered at tkr 
Prussian fixintier, where, haHng had a tO^ 
exaggerated idea of the strictness and rudenet^ 
of foreign custom-houses, he had been rtiBer 
astonished at finding that the operation Ui he 



hardness; OB the uncle. 



319 



me consisted in answering a civil ques- 
respectfully put by a grey-liaired veteran, 
'bose crosses and medals told of the services 
other days, when frontiers were guarded by 
tething more stirring than custom-houses; 
*d whose manners, though suitable to his 
tion in life, were as good as liis own, (they 
a great deal better than those of cither of 
1^0 male companions;) in seeing an imperial 
led with an apology, and shut with a com- 
ity " Ceit assez, monsieur, on connait 
1" and in being passed into the 
itories of the black eagle with doffed caps 
*3- good wishes, " Glucklicher reise, Hcrr 

llie supernatural activity, not to say ubi- 
^tj of his host, M, Dremel, the most intelli- 
^% and most obliging of innkeepers, strongly 
itrasting with the Beigic louts he had seen 
Antwerp and Liege, contributed to bis equa- 
tittiity : and last, though not least, the fact of 
'* Prussian dollar exactly representing three 
shillings, thereby enabling him to 



820 



hardness: or. 



know precisely what he was paying for ei 
thing, gave him a feeling of security thai 
had not enjoyed for the last two days^ forfranei 
puzzled him exceedingly ; his impressioo, WtM 
that of most old gentlemen, was, that fotir-iiKi- 
twenty of them made, or ought to make, » 
pound sterling : the opinion univeraally €^t«^ 
tained by money-changers, waiters, &c. ^i 
that it took twenty* five and a half, dennpi 
his preconceived ideas to the extent of oo* 
shilling and three pence in the poujid, a \aip^ 
per centage ; and the getting an idea out • 
Lord Innismore's head, once it was finally o^ 
blished there, was about as tough a job ' 
getting the Whigs out of office. As for floris* 
or guilders, or guldens, tJxcy might as weUlu*^ 
talked to him of the kobang of JapaSi ^ 
zecchin of Turkey, the abaasi of Persia^ oriPj 
other unknown denomination of coin. No*» 
the dollar was intelligible ; it was a thre* 
shilling bit, divided into three one iliiUisf 
bita, and siit sixpenny bits, which latter «0*i 
moreover, most conveniently marked with i ^ 



TBB UNCLE. 



321 



ch, however, indicates, not that they are 

paoe, as the doctor suggested, a delicate 

liitioD on the part of the Prussian govern- 

ait to the English, but that they are the 

th part of a dollar. They obeyed the regular 

F« of arithmetic, which in his heart the earl 

ther doubted that the revolutionary French 

■iMiecimil coinage did, and they moreover, 

HRy evening, when he had nothing else to 

had afforded him a good deal of entcrtain- 

Ity and the opportunity of making divers 

remarks npon the changing spirit of the 

I J for, having sent, a« he expressed liim- 

to get change for a hundred pound che(iuc, 

y or two after his arrival, he suddenly found 

iclf in poiifliiiop of the mystical apocalyptic 

ber of fix hundred sixty and six of these 

riy and well-behaved coins; and amnsed 

keif arranging a chronological aeries of them . 

liiiitory of Eorope certainly seemed regis* 

d upon those expressive medals ; the early 

i, 1818, 1814, 1815, &c. were decidedly 

taiy ; the currency was in order of battle j 

p3 






& ecBcrai onoer's tmifarm, tl 
V tibe e»g)e grasped & timi 
vms of swords aad 
■nd banners 
il; the fivteee of die die 

tke ranbob that indicated 
it wmB AmUbbI tn be the sinews of var ; bc^^^ 
■ne o'er the spirit cf 
togs; the fire of 
is Uie ^ figkt of other dap,'' and like it 
thea««d,thoaighith3 

bmat sa a pbughahare^ yet 
bofied in aleep, it reposes upon opinion ; Go^ 
help the satims vben it awake* upon epMie *^ 
The aSicr amntment iaithluJJr chronides tK^ 
pactfie leania^ of Emtipe; the kin|^ ■Pf""" ^^ 
the nakrdneas of m cbsncal baat, the 9^ 
tamed and a^ged» It is no longer tlie o«*< 
fierce-looking ea^Oy the terrible binl of wv, ^ 
it arose from the gnmnd in the 
1813, the war of liberatioa ; 




Ami OHti^K Iwck its c^vr kad, wi^ ^-^ 
manittiogly 



THE t'JfCLE. 



323 



^ Oidlic foe, in the year of Dresden, Culm, 
*^i Gross Beeren, and the fortune of the in- 
'^^er already faltered. Wachau and the end 
•^ at hand ; the deadly Leipsig, the mighty 
''■ttJe of the nations, and Germany was free. 
^' these things are passed now : innumerable 

*' little etgln wafe their wings in gold" 

*n<i silver in the cage-like quarterings of the 

"'"^i^sian shield ; the arms of the soldier have 

™^ppeared before those of the herald; the 

°^***4cy silently but cxpr^sively protests against 

"'Hg any longer considered as merely the 

"*^^ii« of maintaining armies^ and peace seems 

"*^ order of the day. They were stirring 

^**<s» tho«e, nevertheless, and many great men 

^■*tle out of them. Lord Innismore, however, 

^l^ved of the present state of things. War, 

liii ideas, implied a sort of stand-up fight 

'^^^^ecn England and France, as an indispen- 

"^^Ic part of the play. Now he preferred 

''^•^ to port, and had an idea that the Bri- 

^^ craiflen might interfere inconveniently 




of Ike Girande, 
Qcc n p icd adanizing tint (fS^ 

tooocadl) — Mujimlt^ 
wUdh rewwded Iser sUaitic^ 
a ktter finooi Emily Hovif^^ 
tf worth liKrin^ e?i3i ait 



**Sq t&x KtUe has EappeDetl here of 
llisi I scarcely Tcnture to trouble jou viA 
letter, except to tell jon that «e ait^ all 
and hope you are so toOj and that we aie 
much delighted with our new curate, of wi 
must have heard a great deal» for he i» 
friend of your brother's^ and always 
so highly of him^ that tt is quite a plcosim 
hear him ; for of late^ you know, dei 
we have heard more of his wildness 1 



Mirr- 



hit 



ij good qualities. We are constaotlj g^ 
tified, too, with hearing finom Mr. BiookiHov 
happy Mr* Henry in with hh wife, (how 1 tef 



THE CNCLE. 



325 



Bee her !) and how they are respected by all 
Deighbours* He says that the resignation 
th which that family havebome their enormous 
is perfectly beautiful ; that it is the ad- 
ition of the whole country^ and that aU the 
fhbouring gentlemen who were hardly ac- 
{ttainted with them before, sympathize now 
•ith them as if they were their own relations, 
am sure you will be delighted with Mr. 
wpewell when you return, but I am sorry to 
^ that roy father has a very bad opinion of 
B^ healthy and the doctor says he is much 
B^d that his constitution is hopelessly under- 
Bued. It is really dreadful to see so good a 
'l^xi, so pious, so intellectual, and so handsome, 
^'^liping in his earUcat youth by inches into 

rgrare. They say that he studied too much 
college, and I have heard, but I do not 
^ow whether it is true, that he was attached 
^ your sister-in-law, and that that was the 
ttton he would not remain at Kensworth 
ifter her marriage. I should hardly ha?e 
iQpposed that he was in such bad health 



326 



HARDNESS; OR^ 



he has ao bright a colour, and so clcM * 
coiDplexion ; and to say the truth, thoa?!^ it 
is not very romantic, so excellent an appctitt> 
Gk)od bye, dear Mary. I am afraid 1 am dread- 
fully stupid^ but I hope you will forgive it, iwl 
consider yourself in my debt for a letter, td 
give me soon an account of your joumej, yoi 
muBt see so many new and interesting object 
•* Believe me, 

" Ever yours most affectionatclf. 
"Emily Howard" 

Poor Mary, in the innocence of her he>»<* 
fancied that showing this letter to her uii<^ 
might possibly help to remove from His o^^ 
the impression that Henry had acted a tte^ 
erous part toward ;Mr. Hopewell, by pronnf 
that that gentleman spoke as if he htd o^ 
cause of complaint against her brotlier, ^ 
thereby brought down upon herself ao tDpJ • 
lecture upon meddling in matters that she ^ 
not understand, as to send her to bed in tcntv 
for in the eyes of a man of his lordship's dii^ 



THE CXCLE. 327 

position, the attempt to correct an error or 

nmoTe a misconception, is an offence of the 

teepest dve. 

A few days more, found Lord Innismore on 

tte mighty river, th* Rhine. What magnificent 

icflections arise at that word ! Empirr.-t sirc 

Ibrcied and shattered around its hank's. Th': 

Gaul an i tie Teuton stand face to face. A mighty 

. aadcn- :h.o:i^*:i broken into unworthy -'^ctiori-*, 

I petty state*, yet "initea in c^znin^ FatLf:r lt:,i:i«: 

- ht ra ow:i. -riii a iervtz^cj of derotion r.':u:% 
p 

jc Xije ".r tiifi Ti'vcT. the Jordari or the 

^be itiicTi ti^ir* I'Xi d:xn. Tiy^n the roU::*^ 

BET* i^-tr -rbuftc ^'zitIjl^ ^cd.rA CTcr. Vj ':.;- 

n- EL ]ii:«iLti ihi-.c w-.^i y^TiazA a t^- rLa' 

*n^*-j * 1 arac^rji-!!.- it- T-ir-^T- iT'^: r.:'-- 

"Hii 3i7tiu:ii:ii7 tc the F5J:i-^7-&.t : ; Vi :-r.- 

-.a ±s tr^aafT: 5-.V/.i -* .- ".i* :.^r- :' 

s X i 1 rjr»T tc is^-. '. .: :: ^".7 ■"* 
Sfct. I ;2C^:* x.i4t ■-•i t.-i..i. .- i :•._:. :.... 



328 



hardness; OB, 



lower, its name is — ' Bathos/ — and there U&o 

specimen in better presenration, than the ctt- 

rious assortment of mortality that crowd the 

steamers on that river. See there a oountry* 

man of ours, a gouty citizen^ sentenced to ^ 

scalded at Wiesbaden ; look at his full-bloTs 

wife^ wonderiug how so many people are ^ 

veiling in a foreign land without so muchtf* 

sword oragun toprotect them against thesarsgC^ 

There is another group; an aristocratic fanulr* 

broken byelection expenses^ going to take tdti^ 

in Italy, until matters come round. Those Vkv 

moustached ruffians, whose advances they )i»^^ 

received so readily, are a couple of bbdt* 

legs on their road to Baden, See that nef^ 

married couple, each exhibiting the most lUi* 

bounded triumph in the prize they haft ^ 

spectively secured. The lady largc^ fat, »ha*J» 

but coarse, eyeing every one of her own itf '^ 

quiringly, as much as to say, " Are you • iB»f 

ried woman?'' The gentleman, manifestly fO0^ 

what in awe of his lady, looking roiradsmiitog^!' 

nevertheless, as one would «ay, " See wbtt F^ 



THB VKCLE, 



329 



!" and oatentatiotisly displaying a delicate 
fihric pocket handkercLief^ richly bordered 
i lice; manifestly a neat and appropriate 
en of his fair one's afifectionsj the pair con- 
ing their observations with respect to the 
toonding objects to one another with an air 
^tery that leav^es it in doubt whether they 
not conspiring to burn the ship, and ar- 
ming matters for their own escape afterwards, 
Ider are Irish banisters ; every Irish bar- 
r rimts the Rhine, There may be a Ger- 
I Of two on boardj but nobody remarks 
i or cares for them, but those two gentle - 
who are affecting to admire the cathedral 
blogne^ arc the Viscount Cubtown and 
or Higgins. 

Upon my honour," soliloquised the latter, 
le gazed upon the stately, but unfinished 
ine of the gothic St. Peter's, " tbat is an 
int building, and if it were finished, woidd 
the new chapel at Ballymacwilliampogna- 
all to nothing/' 
Why, doctor, it gets bigger the farther 



8S0 



UARDNE8S; OR, 



we get from the place/' observed the f^ 
noblcmau, for he could not accoout for tk 
phenoaienon j lie certainly did see more « 
it ereiy minute, until the building a{>pcttR<& 
a towering mass of masonry, half the siic (i 
the town. 

" Yes, my lord, it's the rules of perspectiw.' 
replied the doctor, who had already ascertaiiwi 
that a very little bit of a reason went a M 
way with the viscount. The two had bocaflJ* 
inseparable friends since their voyagf; ^ 
doctor was only too happy to be upon n«* 
familiar tcrmB with any lord whatsoever; t^ 
the young nobleman had, as we shall heredhf 
aee, excellent private reasons of hia own ^^ 
cultivating the EBculapiu^s friendship, li** 
occurred that attracted their notice until tW 
reached Bonn ; but here anew miracle ant**** 
their eyes. They had observed on thcoppo**' 
bank of the river a large platform, with atf"^ 
thing like an arch upon it, appareaUy ^ 
fast to the shore^ but also connectDd wtt^ * 
boat, moored some way up the river, by ic^ 



^^^^ting wha: the zieai^z^ o: :li- =-^- 

^^U, suddenlj, just as tie stcazisr r;c 

' ^^n her, to leave the nrUe laz^cii^-i'l&Lie- 

P*^onn detached itself from the pki li 

^*^ it was fastened, and, withom tLe t^seacr 

^^ sails, steam, popes, or anj other Tisibj* 

'''filing power, commenced grarelj sw^-gri^ig 

^W across the stream as if bj it* own 

" What the divil's that !*' exclaimed the doc- 
tor, in uncontrollable astonishment. 

" That's a flying bridge," returned a stranger, 
"who was standing near. 

"Oh, I see/' replied Higgins. "Look, my 
Vsd, that's a flying bridge, a mighty queer 
name too : if they'd have called it a swimming 
^indge it would be easier understood, but how 
it gets across the river puzzles me entirely." 

"That's Rolandseck," continued the stranger, 
"and that is Nonnenwerth on the island." 

" Pretty retired spot for a hone}'moon, eh, 
^j lord ?" smirked the doctor, with as near an 



882 



hardness; or, 



approach to a grin as he could ventore to aDo» 
himself. 

" D — d slow place I should think," returncfi 
the viscount. 

" I was injudicions enough to land there « 
couple of years ago/* obsen'ed the «traa|»i 
shaking his head, " in search of quiet, «w* 
found none ; it was about half-past two ^beal 
went ashore, and the table d'hote was just owr^ 
the salon was occupied by a pack of the tn^ 
unmitigated ruffians I ever saw in my life, ^^ 
seemed to belong to no nation in particular, iflf 
their conversation was carried on in the bw^ 
hideous broken English ; they were entefUininf 
themselves with getting drunk into the bargii"» 
and there was a reverberation in the room tJiH 
made their clamour perfectly deafening. Sae» 
a pack of blackguards, including some wooC 
they had with them, I never came acnws; tfA 
as all those sort of people do, they got ^ 
noisy and quarrelsome in their cupa; mUxfi 
got worse towards evening, other pardet oon^ 
over from the mainland ; the place Ixocsme li^ 



TBB XmCLB, 



333 



tea-garden. The whole thing sent me to 
in a passion, and I slept in a nun's cell 
tamij ^nite as oncomfortable as the nun 

ittlc particularly interesting oflfered itself 
their notice daring that day's voyage. 
, on the left/* said the stranger, " are the 
of Hammerstein^ where Henry the Fourth 
refoge when he escaped from his sou. 
Henry ! well might the good old Lord of 
mentein rejoice that he had none but 
^tersi when he saw yon." The regular 
^B^treets of Neuwied attracted some little 
and at last, the lofty batteries of the 
Stone of Honour/' announced that their 
's work was done* The satisfaction of our 
y in their tour was, however, not unmixed, 
r «ince he had landed on the Continent, a 
rtted change for the worse had taken place in 
Pd Innismore's temper. Formerly he had 
unbending, stem, severe, but still generally 
Btfied; now he had become captious and 
M; possibly his conscience might occa> 




ttimally smite liim about his condoct tom^ 
Henrr ; perluipft the juzta-positioii of Cabtoftt 
and MaiTt and the poor girPs espreamrf 
wretchcdacas, might excite feelings of t ^ 
BgreBablc character in his mind, but he boouDC 
rery irritable ; the complete change in hctui 
and habits did not suit his time of life, and tfo 
events following one smother in rapid suocesfiioii 
crerr moruiog disturbed his temper, and fco* 
dered him, what an expre&sive Irishism wnnH 
call " contnurjr," for the daj. The first was, tW 
no earthly power of pennasion wotdd mdns 
the people of the hotels to proride ^^ 
aufficieutiy hot acoordiog to his ideas, for ik^" 
ing J the second was, that the ^gs were i»* 
riably under-boiled^ and the slightest rnod^* 
straucc on the subject pnxlaoed them uhf^ 
as bullets ; then came tlie table d'b6t^ indki 
fumed and fretted at its two hours' oQoCs^ 
ment with hard labour^ its waahj aonp^ ^ 
ragged heeC, its greasy cutlets, its soitr miBjek 
its thin hard roebuck, its porerty^strickai p^ 
try, its ostentations cauliflower, its 



TSS UNC1.K. 



335 



^i£ngi and finallj, when the tardy joint, 
>on wliich he mainly relied for his daily bread 
unrei he frequently had the satisfaction of 
it placed upon a sort of dresser in full 
f» of every bodvj and chopped to pieces with 
»iU-hooky with an inconsiderate mangling, 
Jily destructive of appetite in an English- 
who waa accustomed to consider carving 
nothing leas than a science ; the gastronomic 
of anatomy, which skilfully dissects the 
for the immediate benefit of the living, 
came the htigbear that so many travellers 
, or will not shake off — the idea that the 
ntment ia leagued to cheat them ; every day 
Nigbt it« succession of petty aunoyauces, real 
ned, and petty outbreaks of ill humour ; 
much did his irritability display itself 
day, that Mary could not help thinking, " I 
there is something on my uncle's mind, 
so restless, I wish we were safe at 
agun/' 
My lord got out of bed with the wrong 




I, tsm oil ctlx. 

nig,* obsecred the dcictoc' 
fi enm mm m cmt." 
ibear witli m sore b»4' 
B, — • polisbed and cW* 
ipproprmte to tlic sfioli 
liiiie and the Mooelk. 




HARDNESS; 



OB, 



THE UNCLE. 



H ARDNESS; 



o», 



THE UNCLE. 



IN THREE VOLUMES. 
VOL. III. 



L0.NJ)0:N: 
SAUNDERS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET. 
1841. 



I 



kiatts A:r> xai 





HARDNESS; 



OB, 



THE UNCLE. 



CHAPTER I. 



Night closed upon the frowning towers of 

Shrenbreitsteiny and the echoing streets of 

Coblen2 ; stiUness fell all around, lights shifted, 

flod glanced from window to window, and then 
W 
'were one after the other extinguished, save those 

on the bridge, which yet cast their long-drawn 

yeAections, like streaks of quivering flame, upon 

the wster; moon there was none, but millions 

VOL. ni. B 



2 
of 



HAU)SCSS; ORj 



AeA a coM clear Hght upon tlte ro 
Mirj de Bmgli opeoed lier wm« 

apQQ the tnnquil scene belore her, 
who couM hare seen her featores n 
loohed upon the hurrving riTer and its 
Ittden banks, would hare said that she was ti 
v«y aad. Her spirit was perplexed ; the 
tot VIS hot and donhtfnl ; the war jet 
between paaaon and interest, the two gteai 
tagonist powers that ever struggle for doi 
over the mind of man, and too often tear it 
pieces in their fierce di5pate ; the letter she 
recetred firom Emily Howard, assuring her 
HemVs happiness, had again unsettled 
mind as to the necessitj of the samlice 
proposed making for hts sake ; but a few 
ago, she had resigned herself contentedly to 
influence of Lady Loosely ; the great acnd 
gay world, the world of Ivondon was arovnd 
b all its whirl and confusfion of velfisKtiess 
vanity; she had insensibly adopted its ideas, 
looked upon a foremost place in the front rankil 



THB UNCLE, 



[, 418 the summit of all earthly happiness ; 

that object, joined with another of a 

ler character, had almost made up her mind 

jiDany a man for whom she did not care, and 

m she felt she never could respect ; now it 

otherwise, the glitter and the glare were 

le, she stood hy the star- lit banks of a distant 

in a foreign land, things were no longer 

be measured by the delusive standard of 

f' wishes or others' envy. Her soul fell 

upon itself, and a still, small voice whia- 

"I» this well r 

contrasted the low, boorish, ignoble 
of Cub town, with the cultivated in- 
set and high-minded disposition of Wa- 
she asked herself what prospect of 
happiness was there for her from a 
in whom no sympathy, little aflfection, 
less of that watchful and tender regard for 
welfare, upon which domestic felicity is so 
inly founded, was to be looked for; andagiio 

B 2 




4 HARDX£SS; OR, 

that still, small Toice whispered, " Ii tto 
wise?" 

She thought of the lordly suitor for her btf^* 
his careless dangling after her, for ao lug^^ 
name did the attentions of Cubtown desem-^ 
was the courtship of a stable boj, not the i^*^ 
dreeses of a gentleman ; it appeared that k ^ 
to be paid by his father to raarry her if pf«*^ 
cable, without much reference to whethtf ^ 
cared for her or not; and then she remembff^^ 
the deep devotion of one that she trembW ^ 
think upon. Anon, arose in silent rcprwidiW* 
nees, a ghastly figure — Waverton, pale* W 
gardj Btricken down by the violence of hi* o*» 
feelingSy lybg at the rer>* point of death, ^ 
cause of her Mthlessness ; she looked into «f 
own hean, and shuddered at whnt she M*^ 
there, and once again that still, small rmt ^^ 
mured its solemn question, 'Ms this t^^ 
she closed her window with a vcrr b"^ 
aigh.*. 

Mom burst on the Rhcinlapd> and die 0^ 




THS tJKCLBa 5 

twoke from its slumbers, the broad river 

hed in the light of day, at early dawn the 

pliers were pursuing their road, and if aught 

ue sadness of the night before clouded 

w's brow, it was speedily dispelled, for they 

I entering on a fairy-land. The bristling 

pxiR of Ehrenbreitatein, more like the 

pide of a two-decker, than the batteries of 

iresa, were left behind as the vessel plough- 

er way below the round towers of Lahneck, 

Inyielding stronghold where the banner ot 

!emple, overborne by numbers, went down 

M>d, bot not in dishonour* and the last of 

^emplarsy where the red cross was stricken 

\ Mith, died knightly, in his harness — died, 

tdtild not surrender ; and on the other hand, 

ed the reviving Stolzenfels, the " haughty 

that is to receive a king, to be the summer 

»f the Black Eagle. Soon, on their lonely 

the yet perfect walls of the gloomy 

iburg, the castle prison, reared themselves 

the picturesque gables of Braubach. Ter- 



6 HARDNESS ; OR, 

((A fPff 

race upon terraccj the vine swarmed to i 
tops of the hills; now the double stee-p'^ 
Boppard, with its quaint connecting ^al'*^' 
presents itself; yonder is the Marienklo^^' 
founded by that unhappy knight who, in^ 
olden time, slew his beloved. The grey sqwfl* 
towers of Sternberg and Liebemtcin, llit u^* 
numents of brothers' unhappy lore, of brolli«*' 
unholy hate, the castles of the Fratricides, i* 
on the left ; the rocks grow wilder, more cncZT- 
and more naked — behold Thumbeig, the mo^ 
as it is familiarly called ; yonder Tillage is ^ 
Goar, the spot where the great npoetleoftii 
Rhine preached, and prayed, and died ; tlj«* 
shattered bulwarks above it, are the wreciE« 
Rhcinfels, the fortress that would not fi^tii- 
opposite it is KatKeneUenbogen, the Ctt u ^ 
peasants call it; a few moments more, anddi 
narrow gorge of the Lovely ts enteitsA, i^ 
to the echo. On yon beetling crag sM tine 
dious daughter of the ancient waterv, the 
of the North, to lure the unwary 



" citstru::::- •".... l.t. 
^^^th. See thai cluster 



^^^•e are the seven sisters of Schonberg. :ic 
*^^-hearted maidens that made the pan£« c: 
^^Qpdess love their sport — ^pitiless hersdf, the 
^nd Loveley judged them more {Mtiless ve:. 
***^aee how they yet record and obey her 
%tem command in stony changelessne^s : 
^vnder stands yet the wreck of their castle, 
towering over the hamlet of Oberwesel; >ec 
on the left Gutenfels, those towers who«« 
gentle daughter, having in £uth and trath given 
her innocent heart to the unknown stranger 
from the distant island in the Northern 
teas, swerved not from her constancy to her 
beloved knight, till the hour came, and he 
returned to daim her as his bride — the 
bride of her emperor. That gloomy island 
fortress is the Pfalz; melancholy and deserted 
as that lonely pile is now, yet could its brist- 
ling pinnacles disclose a tale of true love — 
a tale of woman's subtlety, and woman's sue- 



hardness; or, 

cess. Those pointed arches on the hall abo^ 
Bacharach are the St. Werner's Kirche; ih«^ 
Judah once again worships on Sion, who w* 
believe iu tale of blood ? See the towen <^ 
Stahleck ; there the grey Pfalzgraf, the beroi^ 
Herman, yielded up his crown, and retired W> 
the cloister, because his proud spiiit could ni^ 
brook that his emperor had chidden him. Se*" 
that smiling valley opposite the lofty roond tow« 
of Furstenberg ; that is the valley of the Wiif*^" • 
the favourite haunt of Elves and Cobold«, u^^ 
dark scenes were enacted in its green recesses 
there the unhappy knight of Lorch, who dared 
summon nnlawful assistance to bis aid, met 
terrible doom. The towers nse thick and 6st, 
Heimburg, Sonneck, Falkenburg; there d«i 
the unhappy Libay whom the fearful 
the living dead, saw maid, wife, and wid(»w, 
one day ; see the humble Klemenskirchc, 
there the gadfly stung the milk-white b*^ 
of the bride of Kheinstein, at the Ust 
of fate, when another hour would htfc ^ 



THE UNCLE. 



bedded to the man that she hated, and to 

^w for life. Cannot the dreamy eye call 

I oooo more the maddened steed, sweeping, 

ti the wings of the wind» down the river, 

jglssg up the steep ascent that leads to her 

's rocky home : hark, to the clank of his 

I on the rattling drawhridge ; hark, to the 

of iron, the portcullis is down, the kived 

I rescued. See Kheinsteln nprears its reno> 

I towers for the scion of a royal house, the 

cigle waves over them, too ; the Neider- 

fitr etches oat its sylvan heauties to the left ; 

Kifels towers over the foaming rapid, the 

iro^ia Bingerloch; see the Mausethurra. 

)Ucary square tower, whose crumbling walls 

i the memory of episcopal cruelty, and the 
II 

Rudgment that was executed upon tht 
, by the smallest animal that runs. 
itxe hit Nahe, the stream of the Wiid- 
iiman, of the demon-built Rheingrafen- 
of Franz of Sickingen, pours its waters 
Ehine, by the ancient bridge of Bin> 
B 5 




10 IIABDNESS; OR, 

gen ; yonder massive, grey, square towei, ^ 
Eudesheim, was the scene of a melandMif 
tragedy in the days that Christiaii baaiwo 
waved on the sultry air of Palestine, iri 
Christian knights pined in panym chaiits,— 
there was the home of the German Jeptha,^ 
there dwelt and died the devoted daugbler 
that loved too weU, and preferred in ber 
agony, seeking her grave in the rolling waten, 
to dragging on a hopeless, loveless exi&tenor« 
in the gloomy walls of the cloister. BehoU 
the prospect opens, the corn-fields ap 
yon palace is Bieherich, those tower* 
Mayencc ; in that antique ottbedrml repose 
the remains of Frauenloh — ^the honoured Bon* 
strel, whose strains the maidens of tho Father- 
land have gratefully recorded for eefitanei^ 
for his harp was struck in their ho&oisr: fl 
few minutes more, the dreamer rctuntt to 
the nether world — lands at the whtrf at 
Mayence — post horses directly to Frmakibctfl 
'* I say, doctor, I*m devilish thirsty ; wet! 




THB U39CLE* 



1 



tint dodge on with old Koch, the moment 
I ^* get to Frankfort," was the last sound that 
^aied Maiy de Burgh *s ear, as she quitted 
tie 



w 



fiASBKESS ; 0R, 



CHAPTEB IL 



Wku, de Boi^" languidly 

Bo^ as tiie fire officers tJmt com- 
■eBtoftEe tSlliatHamii^at 
■BBcr^mdbeprmdp&I iim mt ForeraooA 
they hid adjoorned their meal h 
the moBotoBj CMf their bamcb 
It jn^ a» well hav« let t» din 
qtiieclT at botzke, "w*^^*^ of Ingglttg us out belt 




THB UNCLE. 13 

Nonsense, man/' returned the more active 

™ enterprisbg Billy; "you would not have 

Md half the appetite for it ; besides those people 

^ Hannington are getting exceedingly trouble - 

*Die, all the surviving knockers are watched 

wd guarded as if they were made of gold; 

^ ,fOa attempt to mill the glaze, they send the 

Wl Qp to the barracks, as naturally as if you 

W ordered the glazier to mend it yourself, and 

that d— d radical town council swear that 

*« shall not get off so light if we break any 

**ore lampe; that's municipal wit, confound 

«etD. It*8 what an intellectual fellow like Moon- 

fl^ would call a ponderous levity, — now, 

w we may have a bit of a lark when it falls 



"Yes," remarked Moonlight; "De Burgh 

iwas right for once in his life, — we may do some 

bustoesa here; I saw a beautiful knocker at 

that house with the green door, a thing like 

a great fish with its head down, as if it was 

ling to be sea-sick^in bronasej — I must have it, 




14 UAKDNBSS; OR, 

and then I flatter myself, my collecdon ^^ 
the fiecond hest in the kingdom." 

" I'm told they have got up a club ia ^ 
19th," said Starlight, « that they call tbc Wil- 
berforce Association or Society, for the aboteoti 
of Negro slavery ; they crib all the black JS^ 
from the tobacconists ; and the 20th have g* 
up an opposidon one, which they call the Higi^* 
land Societyj to accommodate the snuiF iboj* 
that have a Highlander at the door. 1^ 
regiment is to start upon a hogshead of clifftr 
at Christmas, and the one that has fewei^ 
figures to show, books up for both-" 

** By Jove, that's a capital ideJi,** said ^ 
Burgh ; ** we must try and do some tiling of thi» 
sort, — let's challenge the 2Jst, to sljew knock* 
ers." 

'* Or constable's staffs," suggested Moonligfci 
*' anything that is tolerably portable, that bjds< 
be attended to. — Old Jones of the 19th, *• 
devilish near having three months* wdSas^ 
exercise within doors, and no chu^ Jbr ^ 



THS USCLE. 15 

1^, tke other day ; he was passing through 
pool on bis way to Dublin^ and he had 
L "with some men belonging to a regiment 
Antrj, that were quartered in an old mad- 
t there, who were living like fighting cocks ; 
£ut fellows indeed, odd characters too, — he 
the lunatic asylum was just the place for 
1. ' Well, after they had floored a consi- 
ble quantity of fine strong military port, 
' sallied forth for a lark, and God only 
ws what they did; Jones could give no 
yunt of himself^ further then that he awoke 
t morning with a splitting headache, his 
pers blazing hot, and one of those black 
ixes in bed with him. How or when he 
i got it, he had not the slightest idea, but the 
ter declared that he had brought it home 
h him about two o'clock ; — had sworn that he 
old not turn in till the figure was comfortably 
; to bed, and had insisted upon tucking it 
efully in, with one of his own nightcaps on 
head. However, he was to go off by that 



16 hardness; ob, 

mondng's packet, so aa soon as he had dz€«^ 
himself, and got some brandy 'and soda ^^i 
away he went with his trunks and the figw^i ^ 
upon the same truck. It was between five >3W 
BIX o'clock, BO he expected that there would U 
nobody about, and that he would get dear off 
with his prize i bat as ill luck would hare % 
the way to the docks led past the door of ^ 
very man that owned Sambo^ and the poor 
fellow was just opening his shop, and lookisj 
up and down the street, in a perfect agooj^ 
the loss of his sign, when old Jones bow » 
sight mth the rery article in question i» "• 
possession. Of course, the right owner podJitf'* 
upon it directly, and then there was tbe i^ 
to pay, — he swore that he would gire J^ 
in charge for felony, and at last to get uftfc* 
was obliged to buy twenty boxes of ofl^ 
and he had to pay eight<and-twenty pouo^^ * 
them, and you know he does not smoke lu]DiPi« 
and I hear that the magistrates declared) tklft v 
he had been convicted, they would have 0^ 




TH£ ITKCLE. 



17 



i 

I to the treadmill ; they said, it was military 

|M| or some other blasted nonsense of the 



i 



ow good !*' said ^looiilight ; " upon my 
^nxi I would have made a pilgrimage into 
unholy land of factories, to see old Jones 
1 up his hand, before twelve freeholders at 
ptHeif and say he would be tried by God and 
^unlry." 

llie best of it was, that when he got to Dub- 
the regiment swore he was a martyr to the 
fc, — that he deserved the sympathy of all 
1 men, — that it was a point of honour to the 
f to bear him clear of any loss ; — so they 
Itened his baccy the * Martyr cigars,* — got a 
Wr to draw a picture of him, kneeling, in 
Us, with his hands clasped, and sayiog, ' Am 
It a man, and a brother ?' — like that board 
f used to carry about the streets a few years 
lind sent it round to every regiment in gar- 
L— it was an amazing good likeness too. One 
I they asked the regiment at Portobello, and 



18 



IL^RDNESS; OR, 



the Staff,— at least, the fast fellows— to dincffi^ 
them ; and after dinner, sent into the guards a»^ 
infantry regiments in the royal barracks^ toWj 
that they were holding a vestry, and reqtiested 
their attendance ; — and so, when they had col- 
lected all the best fellows going, they put up ^ 
weeds to auction ; and I'll be hanged if ibey ^^ 
not fetch seven-and- thirty pounds ; so Jo«k* 
sacked nine pounds by the job, which he gatt *> 
the regimental charity fund-" 

"What an interesting story ^ — tme poctki^ 
Justice/' said Rock ; " but we must not tres- 
pass upon their ground ; the snowballs and «•• 
neys are their lawful property* In th«* 
unsettled times, it is the especial duty of tl» 
army to protect the rights of property— e«pcci«lly| 
the cavalry — theyVe bagged our second Mig< 
already : — we're martyrs ourselves — must 
together — must have no family quarrels/* 

•* Oh, no 1 we must not touch them/ 
Starlight, ** it would be d^-d unprincipled ; 
we might have — * Hollo I Bill, you're not 
to mull any more of that stuff ?" 



THE I7KCLB, 



19 



It is exactly what I am going to do, old 

hi," replied the honourable William Ulick 

ph de Borghj as for the sixth time^ he 

a handful of clovea and cinnamon ; '' and 

r pack of ungrateful snakes you are^ not 

f you have so much as said thank you, for 

trouble I have taken to make you happy.'* 

jBf'hy, man, wc have had a bottle a-head 

My mind would not be at ease if we did not 
W up Uie half-dozen, returned the youth, 

the saucepan on the fire, with a benevo- 
lie ; ** besides which, there is a question 

the house^ that must be disposed of, 
we we adjourn, — What are we to do if we 
k't have the Blackeys?" 
I was going to say,** said Starlight, " that 
il could be no objection to our taking the 
I of the public houses or the shop-boards, — 
|ara capital things, for you can either keep 
L or put therm in some place where they will 





HAEDXBSS; OS, 

a board with * Mrs* WHbog, Midi 

and by special providenco, within ^ 

it, wa» another Mrs, Wilson, with & ^ 

board up, and 'Mrs. Wilson's 

Young Ladies,' in huge gold 1< 

changed the boards^ and afler breakf^ 

tnoming, up we went to see how they 

ting on* By the time we got up ther^^ 

had collected) for the people had at hst^^^ __ 

the thing, (* This is a capital brew of yon 

more power to your elbow, my boy/) and^^^ 

body stopped to stare at it : but the oli^ 

that kept the school, you know, did not m^^ 

the inside* the change we had madci asr^ 

could not make head or tail of the mob. 

took it into her head that some of her girb ^^ 

sky- larking from the windows ; and Ae nH ^ 

and down stairs, from one front room to aaodc^ 

like a mad woman, fancying that they «en 

dodging her about. Of course wheneTer^ 

shewed herself at a window, she was reccM 

with a shouting and roaring you might bTQ 






XWCLE. 



21 



td at Doncastcr ; and at last sbe got into 
I a perfect fury, that the girls thought she 
going mad, got frightened, opened the street 
', and made a general bolt, all curl-papers 
pinafores. The instant they shewed them- 
^ there was such a yell set up» that it 
ded them back again ; and just at that mo- 
ll, the old midwife^ who had the * Academy 
PK)ung Ladies* stuck up over her door, and 
had been watching the mob in an agony — 
it was just after that business at Bristol, 
: it into her head that they were going 
Him and sack the town, to say no worse ; so 
put her head out of the window, and began 
^ Fire, fire — murder I" We shouted 
too ; this set every body else 0% and 
t ten minutes more, up came an orderly 
devil of a hony : * Sir, the troop is turn- 
ut ; there is a fire in the town,* Wo had 
die down to the barracks, as hard as we 
split; and as we were going down, we 
a fire engine coming up, I never laughed 




Lt those TcUum books of iti^| 
old colonel fussing about, lookin 
anxious as if he expected a revolfl 
he would have split hb sides wh 
what the real state of the case 
said he, *you must remain for tb 
to turn out ; I must have my d 
now ; rU just gallop up, and sei 
doing ; so up he went, and arrii 
people within the houses disa 
change, and the two Mrs. Wilsox 
one another like fish-women; bu 
a sort of idea that it must be t 
did it, and the moment the old 
they both opened out upon him 
of them,* they cried out, 
ster — thrash him, the prol 



>f&gJ^ 



1 u 



-- 1 Tfc- -r- 



THE rxci.E. 23 

- -i"i.c • m, and the old follow wa^^ as near as 

*^^ l:>eiDg mobbed, he had to wheel about, 

^^ off; and I thought he would have 

off his hone for laughing, when he 

into the square, and dismissed us. 

agor 

^ll," said Bock, " we've had wine enough, 

* '^el Let U8 see about doing something ; 

e^ ^^'Ve the horses saddled, and all ready for 

j\fi* In case anything particular happens ; we 

^^O^tter have the bill, too. Confound it, let 

^ t€^% Up who pays it." 

** »y Jove !" said Starlight^ who suddenly be- 

L ^^^^ himself of looking out of the window, 

tf tr^ can do nothing this evening, that infernal 

^oon is as bright as day." 

tt Confound the moonlight," said Rock ; " I 

V dtf 0Ot mean to be personal," added he, turning 

19 btt brother officer, who bore that romantic 

jymainc. " ' the devil's in the moon for mischief,' 

M Lord Byron says." 



H 



UABDIXWSSX OB, 



All rushed to the window, it was too 
it wtia a touching sight, five cavalrj 
ganng upon the moan ; it really looked tf « 
the day was come that the lion was to lie dfl** 
with the lamb; but that was not the extent ^| 
their misfortunee either^ heaven and e«th 
banded against them, for the streets 
half emptj, the tnuseum of knockers 
likely to be increased that nicrht, Whal www] 
be done ? 

There was a young subaltern in that pfli^ij 
whose name has not be^n mentioned yvt, 
cause he did not join in the conTcn ation, a 
haired boy, with almost a feminine dclicicf 
appearance, a qtiiet, unobtrufli%^e, one wi^ «f* 
shy manner, a little white hand that mi|;ht Im^| 
passed for a womanV, little whLsken, $Jii 
inoustadiey altogether m pretty a boy ts 
be 9een. One would have supposed bin 
drawing-room pet ; but somehow or othcf« 
one could make out how or why^ wbenerer 
chief was on foot, howerer extravagantf 



THB USCLB. 



25 



gerotts it raight be, George Wildfire had 
jnishing knack of taking the lead^and 
g it. He had hitherto hardly 8x>oken a 

but, by this time, he had got the steam 
3 was up to anything, from chuckfarthing 
ikoghter. 

Maing up be d — d T' he said, in a mild, 
t Toice, as if he was asking the charmer 
heart whether she liked Norma ; ** Til 
lu> such blasted nonsense ; let us settle it 
pdj way. Let tm have a steeple chase 
la«t man to pay all." 
I that is the ticket,'* shouted the 
us get the horses out directly, and 

ride in our shirts." 
pay/' said B4>ck, as the waiter answered 
1, ** get our horses ready, and turn out a 

K directly, to carry the coats and waist- 
killed and wounded ;" and in a few 
Its more they were mounted, and ready to 
% the inn-yard, to the great delight and 
ion of the hostlers. 
111. 





BAIUINESS : OR, 



The Eigfateenth Light DtagooiiB, upofi di 




ntb«» 



must be admitted^ presented 
pedicle; lor w the^ exhibited 
iviiole of their fihirts. it looked as i 



mvfi^ 



of WhiteboyVj itom the first flower of the 
and first gem of the eea* had inTided the 
fid fields of merry England* 

'^ We'll start from about fifty yirds vptki 
hike by the turnpike, and the last maa over ^ 
fence into old BoaeloTcr'a fiower-gardoi *S 
pay,** pr opoi ed Wildfire* 

The motion was carried nem. du$.t md tiKf 
rode wildly out. The tumpikeman was pcoi*^ 
tain the Benrioei and compelled to act aa diA^X 
the course and start them. He oaarahalMi ^\ 
unruly field in a part of the lane where DC#f 
but i small ditch separated it from the ^m^ 

^ Are yofu ready, gentlemen ?^ said ht- 

" Yes, old twopenny," " Yes, yes," ^ M 
moTu^, pikey," answered they. 

'' Then go as if the derU kicked ycyoT ^ 
away they went like so many 



THE UKCLIS* 



27 



B ooune they had chosen wm about four 
; ftnd tile first two being light fencmgi 
L all the horses took freely, did not sepa- 
; but in the middle of the third mUe 
to a bullfinch, to which the effects of 
lad fthade by moonlight gave such an appear* 
if nafamnesa^ that all the horses refused. 
pre, making a wide circle, brought up \m a 
m dme^ well in hand^ put his head straight, 
I0d him at it, and went through* the 
} followed, all but de Burgh ^s^ who could 
» induced to face it upon any terms ; so he 
lbl%ed to ride off some way to the left* 
I a gale, fortunately not locked^ admitted 
Ito the next field. 

re he found that an impracticable fence on 
[fat prevented his rejoining his friends, and 
to choose a line for himself, which, 
it separated him from them, did not 
him out; for he had, if ^lything, easier 
f and moving on a parallel line about a 
of htmdred yarda distance, he waa rather 

c2 



KASomH; 



he came to t faKS 
tint kid bec& ktely xepured, m h^ bcsk «i^ 
a ditch upon each adew Hk hnaei t ^ 
tratned Irish hostcr, took it in proper fiinn, tf&j 
jumped oooQj to the top; bitt the whelei 
being neidj IraOl, gaTe way instaadj 
him, and man and horse tolled into the ditcbtf I 
the other nde. The hone icrambled to bv 
legs fint, tore the bridle odit of the ii^^] 
grasp, and instantly galloped off after lin o^ 
panions, whose riders did no*, howercr, beoo*^ 
aware of Willy's mishap until they came iB' 

The other four went on» ridings as nuy ^ 
snppoeed, with the most profound isdiffen^ 
as to life aod limb, WUdfire still leadisgi^j 
next fence was a five-barred gate, 0T«f Wi» 
he and Hock got safe ; but StarUghtV bflOi ^ 
clearing it, broke it to piece*, roUing htf«W 
over on the other side. As, howereTik*^ 
not lose the horse^ he was soon remoa&ted; ^ 
he and Moonlight, whose animal was pK^ 
well blown by this time, jogged on 



..Jii 




THE TIKCLE. 29 

^Ting Wildfire and Rock to contend for the 
»ty honour of being first in, and a stiff tustle 
had for ft, resolnte men> first-rate horsemen 
t, and well moonted^ each with more than a 
of mulled port on boards to say nothing of 
ible allowance of sherry ; it was no slight 
that would turn them, and they rode at 
that they agreed on the morrow it would 
do to try again. Two hundred yards 
home it would have been impossible to say 
:h was to win ; but an ugly style at that dls- 
decided the matter, the captain*s horse re- 
I, the cornet's did not Bock brought up 
r&one again, it would not do, he tried it a 
time> and deared it ; but it was too late, 
ire was fifly yards a-head, and the other 
quietly up. He was not without some 
in hifi defeat; for the victor, in taking 
leap, to get into the poor florin's garden, 
a blind fence, and landed in a melon 

SurHght ran a tolerable third, and then came 




Mftiiligtit ; bat by 



liiiie. the clatter i 



■rant}/ awoke 
fliovwieiii m tKt bo^ 
^cve jhyph—i of Am viganet udoi^ ^ 
BOl being sllogeitlieir i|>pnFTed of bf v 
■nd it WM tine to be off, end leftfe Br 
Borgb to ildft Ibr himself. Upon tbeir taM 
•t the bemcks they iouDd the guird ttl tLeglKT 
RMiDd his horse, which hod ili«t^ 
its acppearaDoe riderless. 
This will nerer do,'* mid Rock, upon ii^ 
bend neither the wine nor the exd^ 
ment of the steeple-cbate had prodnoed ^ 
slightest effect; " De Burgh may be faflrt^^ 
must go back and look br Mm.** 

He was saved the tronhle ; for jt»t at liBlf^ 
ment the gentleman in qaestion drore up Is i^ 
gate) — the verb to drive lobe taken in la tc&** 
not neater sense, — ^for he had ibtind his vij** 
the road, stopped the chaise, made the 
get inside, monnted the horse, and lidikB i 
driven home. As he reached the gete, be 



THE DKCLB. 



31 



Biufied himself for hiB loss of the steeple- 
by upsettiDg the chaise against it^ which » 
the circumstances, most probably) was the 
i thing he could do for the general entertain- 
it of the party ; and when they had drawn 
p08t-boy» and picked up the pieces, there 
a unirersal cry that they were perishing of 
It ; whilst an opimon seemed to gain ground 
i diey either were, or were likely to be at 
e not very distant period ; Tictims of famine^ 
as riding across country has a ten- 
f to^ increase the appetite, 
supply of grilled bones and bottled porter 
these apprehensions ; and aHei a 
le of the regular military digestives, cigars 
brandy and water^ the party prepared to 
i up and retire to rest^ having voted that 
had made a day of it. Upon the attempt 
Dove, however, it tamed out that De Burgh 
dead lame. In the excitement of the mo- 
t, and the occupation afforded by the demo- 
1 of the above-mentioned supplies, with a 



32 RAEDXESS; OR, 

fearib) quantity of cayenne, he had not cbentd 
wittty now duit it was grown stiff, f oitcd its^ 
moat disagreeably upon his notice, thsl ^ ^ 
hurt his leg badly against the pole in lus dd^ 
racter of post-hoy. The flesh was bruise^ loi^ 
U»e skin was rubbed off, it was a bad \yaasm 
altogether; he paid the penalty of a week*i 
for his frolic, during whic^ ^ 
consoled him after their pecnliar mut 
ner, asking him how he could be such i d— d 
fool as to ride steeple-chases by moonHght ; sr 
gQch a spoony as to let his horse get away frm 
him at a £dl ; or such an ass as to sham 
in Russia-duck overalls. NeTerthelesa, 
langh beat that langh last» and the gallant 
tsm was a long way to windward of his £rietuii, 
when one fine morning he kissed his hand po* 
litely to his companions-io-anns from the boi 
of the London mail with two months* wk lent 
in his pocket He would hare '* barked theotiitf 
shin for two more,^ as he gallantly idbmcd 
Dunlara on his arrival in town. 



wajiroB 1 
mtrabi^ 




THE UKCLB. 



33 



CHAPTER m. 



So I hear you arc sentenced to six weeks of 

k, without judge or jury/* said Lord Dnnlara 

^'averton, the day before the latter departed 

London^ on his road to that melancholy 

It mortuum of watering places, " I should 

tk the very place itself would give you the 

denk." 

Why, they say it is a quiet sort of plaoe 

ih, but I am not sorry for that ; I do not 

at tU up to the incessant changing and 

of the Nassau Spas, still less the 

ig jour dc fdte of Baden. I dare say, 

q5 



m 
Id 



fc¥CIJ 




MildbiDh&Te&l 

,1 widiloodlr 



mht 



He 



m TCffx iatcTerting toor; * 




^ Oh, W% «iii I are going Id tbe f^* 
ijor"^ catmett in the w«l of Ireland. lopi^' 



THB UNCLE. 



35 



; they say it is the queerest place 
t wa;» seen, something like what one reads 
lie Highlands of Scotland in Walter Scott." 
►Well, aie you all ready for a start V* asked 
ikers who entered at this momeDt; ''got 
r passport and every thing ?" 

E'ea," returned Waverton; *' I am all ready, 
at single anchor ; I could start now in 
b hours." 

Sliat's all right ; how are you, Dunlara ? — 
\d\d you get home last night V* 
Why, pretty well, there was great difEculty 
ieping Willy quiet ; first of all, he wanted 
lork the drag, but Atterbury would not 
I that, he got so infernally shook the last 
he got, that he wouJd not trust the ribbons 
K his own hand, and he is a safe and steady 
tr enough ; then when that would not do, 
I other dragoons could not keep their hands 
if mischief) — there was Tillotson and Blair, 
is own regiment, and Scott and Mant of 
Nineteenth, and another fellow called Usher, 
Lancer regiment^ such a pack of harum- 




36 HARDKESS; OR^ 

scanim deTils, I nerer «aw in my life J ^ 
flqostted in a circle round the roof of the (^^' 
and resolred themselTcs into wbat ibcy "^ 
so good as to call, a board of enquiry-^'^ 
what do yon think was the subject of the W* 
beration ?" 

" What, the price of cigars T* 

" No, by Jove ! they wanted to take that itoo*? 
gun off the top of the Cannon brewciy, ^ 
present it to the regiment of Life Goai^ ^ 
Kdgbtsbridge, with the Light Cavalry's coop^* 
ments and love. That would have been i ^T 
pretty night's work," 

"It might possibly have terminated in ^^ 
watch house," observed Hooker. 

"Of course it would/' returned DuoUn 
** however, to keep them out of mischiefp At**' 
bury kept up to hu left on that new n^ ^ 
tliey never found it out I never heard v^ 
a screech in my life, as they gave wiwo w« f^ 
to Bay«water^ and thej found thai the po^ 
WM on their right hand instead of thdr \A^ 
tliey wanted to make the toll-man 



THB UKCL?. 



37 



bim l>efore the Lord Mayor, to account 
e phenomenon. Then TiUotson swore 
he was desperately In love with the Angel 
lington, and they voted that he should 
with her ; I was by no means sorry to see 
in safely landed at Limmer*s." 
^ Well, good-bye, I shall probably not see 
again; take care the wild Irish don't eat 
l," and the gentlemen separated- 
Taverton and Hooker arrived without any 
Scalar adventure at Brussels, and paid that 
capital the compliment of a few days* 
to see its lions, among which the 
blishment of M. Vandermaelcn excited 
rverton^v admiration especially, and be en- 
uned serious thoughts of setting up some- 
^ of the kind himself; he purchased nearly 
ucre of maps for a few franks, and regretted 
; his time did not admit of a closer examina- 
l of the beaatifal collection of insects, &c. 
to Hooker^ the great object of his admiration 
^ the Place des Martyrs, a monument to 
le of the heroes who perished in the revo- 



HAJLiyjOBS; Oft, 




it, wUck W declared wa 
it vs ID Eke the pit in wliich <^b« 
bflBMc k«pt «i^ Zoclogical Gndeitt. Ho*^ 

di^ iv Cfv in Ite Belgisn capital ; and a fe^w 
4iif« OT ^beai mMr otI of the Fort£ de 
Kaoiar, and in nbom an bonr-andra-kJf thcr 






dwdnA^Walcfloa* 



Wsferton coold not look without eoKotiAA 
upon the fiOid plain, where at length tibt ti9 
Lords of war, ^ champion of Englani i^^ 
the chosen of France, met &oe to bee, lo 
debate oooe more the &te of Eniope, this tioei 
howevex, witboot appeaL He soon found Utf^ 
it is not on the field of Waterloo, that the wad 
can nndisturbedly indulge in the itleclioai 
that belong to the battle of Waterloo. Ht m* 
instantly surrounded hj a pack of ckmooiixifiB* 




THE UNCLE. 



39 



Rioate Belgic cubs, who effectually banished 
i«»ther thoughts from his mind, than a most 
fere wish that their fathers had fallen in 
' battle some years before their birth. 
liter, in answer to their importunities, 
ired them half-a-dozen flattened bullets. 
f I have got plenty already," said he ; '* I 
lid them close to a ruined house in the wood, 
^ihe right hand side, a quarter of a league 
p, there are plenty more lying about/* 
two or three of his tormentors sneaked away 
iiis intimation, evidently to explore the new 
I mine ; some more followed ; at last it became 
, and the gentlemen were left alone with 

t Cotton, who was about to shew them 

d. 

U thought the bullets were long since all 
{ up,'* said he ; "I expect they will soon 
I to sowing them regularly with the 

•They may be gone for all that I know," 
1 Hooker ; *' I thought I ahould like to sell 
fellows a bargaiD^ so I brought a few 



40 HARDNESS; OR, 

over with me ; they were discharged fro© tlie 
steam gun, at the Adelaide gallery/* 

** Serve them right/* said the seijeant; *'thi*. 
gentlemen, is the spot where," &c. &c. &c« . ■ • 



** I wonder what the lion can possibly meafl' 
said Wavertott, as they drove off; **it is not the 
Belgic lion, for that is standing upoo onekgt 
with its paws upin the air/' 

**It is not the English lion,** rejoined Hooker. 
*'for that lion is looking southward, whereai 
the English lion looks west/* 

*' How do you make out that ?*' 

'* Why, put a shilling on a map, and you vil 
see that he is staring due west, looking oat fa 
squalls, perhaps from brother Jonathan, or ^ 
sibly keeping a bright look-out upon DanO'Con* 
ncM. ril tell you what I thiiJt it means ; yoo sw 
they have cut away the crest of the positiooi thiy 
have ruined it in a mihtary point of view: ^ 
think it means that they never intend to ^cknd 
their capital again/* 

" What, the brave Beiges T* 



THE ITNCLB. 



41 



Yes, the brave Beiges*" 
"Well, I cannot understand that." 
*' They are quite right; they have got nothing 
to fight for, they drink beer.*' 
^L ** I do not aee what their drinking beer has 
^w do with their fighting, — they have got their 

E'tal to fight for — their nationality* that they 
e such a fuss about, to fight for — their own 
oils to defend— their liberties to maintain ; 
do you call that nothing ?** 

** Pooh ! my dear fellow," returned Hooker, 
who had by this time got into a humour, half- 
Byittfication, half-reflection, peculiar to himself* 
•'You're talking like the Portfolio, regularly 
Urquartizingi they won't fight for their capital ; 
H^i been a plague to the governing party 
ever since it was built ; their nationality is 
a precious bad bargain; wait till the rail- 
ways are finished, and it will be a national 
bankruptcy ; aa for their persons, they know 
a trick worth two of that, they are up to 
a much simpler mode of providmg for the 
mS^ of their persons than fighting for them. 



4J 



Bjoaantm; ot. 



! ^le govemiiig c1as§ in BelguuD, the 

«ar, mi the pnestoy drink beer, irbk^ 
Ikef OD wwke mi haute^ md wine ti tbr cinBe 
of aU wan. Look «l oar own hiMocyjOtiruppM 

m tKe goreraing diss, and thfsydiUi 
■an be brai^t firom ibttMud^ vA 
■11 our witfs aie warm of tke celltf 
We ksfe beca fighdiig ever iaaee Medinen^ 
tine lor Posit lod if % fOMoaabk treil^ iic«- 
dadsd with Fnuice^ we afaiU keep the peeoett 
ibe end of time lor Clarec ; and once t gni^ 
ran DOW ' oMli ito thedow faefon' 

the yooager bnaidkee of the ari i f qtt^ 
be eetablisbed thoroughly ; namely, thit it i 
orthodox, both a dinner and after, to drJat 
Champagne^ and nothing else^ — the miOenidv 
will commence — the nations will leara w ^ 
more — the lion will lie down with the Umb— *» 
shall beat onr swords into pIonghsharci» and off 
ars into reaping-hooks; ^ — once France ib^ 
England determine ihat they will not fighl witk 
one another any more, they will of coune ill»* 
nobody else to make a diiturb^mce ; 




THB UNCLE. 



43 



* FareweU ihe plumed troop, and the big wars, 
Tl^t mtke ambition virtue. Oh, farewell ! — 
FAreweU the neighing steed — and the shrill trump — 
The spirit-itirring drum — the ear-piercing fife — 
The foytl bannefr and all qualit^^ — 
PHde, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war. 
And, oh I you mortal engines, whose rude throats 
The immoftA] Jove'i dread clamourfl counterfeit, — 
Fsrewell, Othello's occupation's gone/ 



" The. quarrels we have cultivated so assi- 
duously and so ezpensiyely with our neighbours 
over the water, wiD be made up over the wine. 
No ministers would dare propose going to war 
with a nation that furnished ua with the cheapest 
wine in the world, and tlie best brandy into the 
bsrgain, at three shillings a gallon ; it would be 
aa offence against the majesty of the people, the 
fovcreignty of the people, the recreations of the 
people, the inclinations of the people; the 
masy-headed would open millions of thirsty 
xumtfas; it would be an insurrection of the 
gullet ; the cry for cheap food woidd be but a 




• tK 



l»<Ty. 



TCtnrBed \y i?tttoii» Isiigiiii^f 



terrific, Tom raikei 



of a ■jnln-hin. 



first- 



wkii i |i o u l in > giiM of chwl ; — dicyoi^ 



jam t» 



IdA Bob» jour 



THE TTNCLE. 



45 



[lory is just the thing for them, — * to wield at will 
fierce democracy,' — you might indulge in 
lopee of succeeding O'Connell," 

I appeal to foots," answered Hooker ; "what 
the secret history of the late war after all ? 
fobody ever thought of sending expeditionfi to 
ly, or Greece, or Turkey, or any of those 
places, — of course not,-^nobody will drink the 
ines of the Mediterranean^ except Marsalla; 
id accordingly Lord William Bentinck spent 
years very agreeably in Sicily, However, 
>ple did not much like Marsalla then — it had 
not been christened pale sherry yet ; so the offer 
the Sicilians to become British subjects was 
and the troops withdrawn ; but so 
iU aware waa the king of the great British 
principle, that apparently by way of a respectful 
recognition of it, he created Nelson, Duke of 
Bronte, and gave him the vineyard of that name, 
like a discreet prince, as he was. 
I "I was not aware what a delicate stroke of 
ttiplomacy was involved in that title and grant,^' 




; '« it did his U^i^KCf gnit 



**Oll! I dotk\ suppose it was his own oogiwii 
My** Mid Hooker, wiih an air of gnve nsfii* 
^ ic waft probaUy the adyice «f » loo^ 
TOiwieter; — ^Napoleon or bis next Boi 
hcve been on the throne of ftmm • 
^lis day, if he hed had p ercep ti ai mut^tn 
ohwinre the mamsprii]^ that naovea oor ibffi!l 
policy. He kept ns in hot water fisr letiiit 
yeara, veir muich to his own aatiafiMtioo, nadii 
an evil hour, the power» that old Gt»ethi eavft 
'always wills e?il> and always provides fgoti* 
anglice, the devil, mdnced him to meddle ^ 
our wine ; and then there wae the dev3 a> pfi 
aud no pitch hot ; he was booked horn the ^ 
Junot's skirmishers croMed the Bidoeaoi; Ai 
LnstaQt the eagle stooped on the peniosuls, Mb 
Bull gave a roar, that aetonished 
disturbed the recollection of the meetin 
Niemen. The penates were touched, 



airftk 



giants of battle came forth — invade FtaiCQgA^ 



THE TJKCLE. 



47 



! — the shadowy spectre of Methuen rose 

the wine-vaitlts ; and as he pointed 

fmnlf to the sunny Lusitania blue wreath* 

JB&oke caded upwards in the morning sun, 

I Che fiound of artillery passed fiom the Tamar 

mbe Tay, — Invade Spain^ and the Prince 

gent drmking sherry aD the time I — that was a 

cool piece of impudence, — it was high 

to put a stop to that sort of thing, the 

Commons were taken in labour forth- 

and delivered of such a Utter of horse* 

and artillery, as never was seen before, and 

began in earnest. Out went Sir John, 

Sir Harry, and Sir Hew, and Sir Arthur, 

dozen of pennants took patronizing charge 

e hundreds of transports ; it was a case of 

bum, sink, and destroy at sea.' On shore 

rench generals, who had hitherto seen little 

ir other enemies except their backs, were 

taken aback themselves by the cool, 

I don*t intrude, just dropped^in sort of 

in which the red coats knocked them up at 





krj Id dni esterpdMb andAs 
ttde ef MargiDi of Dornio lecor^ 

fit SuglUi into tli0 ictfi'^ 




a cietaaM emd f^ 
TjotAWabgrn^ 

orthaldllitmtfaeFinitf^ 
tD oat or drink, vctf^ 

ool wvirai qgnttflf > **'^ 




construct lines. Again, Victor was taking 
liberties in the neighbourhood of Cadiz ; 
lot nearer to Xeres than was considered 
sr, and down came Sir Thomas Graham, 
a raging lion^ and astonished the Duke of 
vincommonly at Barossa;^ — that was a 
RY battle. Well, the tide of war rolled on, 
)t over the bloody plains of Salamanca and 
toria, and the shattered ramparts of St. Se- 
and Pompeluna ; it entered France ; Lord 
eaford established his head-quarters at Bor- 
, and the British soldier's mission was 
plished; — he was in the heart of the 
lET country." 

Then*'* said Waverton, ** according to your 
17, we always undertake expeditions with 
J secret reference to the supply of wine ?'* 
Exactly so ; I have proved it by reference 
Hdisputable facts, and one fact^ let me tell 
is worth half a dozen arguments/' 
Well, but now in Holland^ for instance, 
\ is Qo wine." 

JU lU. 9 



50 



HABBSESS; OB9 



*• No, but there's oik. Wakbercn «* 1 gb- 
and-watei expedition ; the sugar Uisdi in tbf 
West Indies were wanted for tbe stx; ^ 
Cape of Good Hope was taken on aooountof t 
misconception ; it had the credit of bcu^ ^ 
to grow a sort of white wine people codddink* 
now the impoetnre is found out, and it is iP coi- 
sequence, of all the British colonies, tk «< 
we hear least about; the Caffires ni^ lit i^ 
settlers, or the settlers may eat one anodMT, "* 
they seem to be thinking of doing, for uftki^ 
anybody here know» or carea aboat the oitt^* 
It is an astonishing drcomstaoce, pcobably tk 
effect of 01^ debates being held at tugbd ^ J 
much more generally our statesmen's mmfi^ I 
are influenced by wine than by wisdom.** I 

With this sage reflection Mr. Hooker do^ I 
his lips until dinner timo« when some euC^ 
sloe-joicey such as Belgium alone calk fioi^^^' 
made him wish himself at Lord Bend^* 
head- quarters at the dty of the Garomii. 1^ 
slept at Namur, and there learned tlHH if *^ 






THE UNCLE. 



51 



Q is not always as black as he is painted, 
r is the church always a blessing to the 
jbbourhood ; for though the steeple, that was 
to their hotel, looked as demure as a 
tker^s meeting^-house in the cool still evening, 
ur in the morning it rung out a most diabo- 
peal that would have drowned the roar of a 
era! action ; and being once fairly disturbed » 
travellers rose, and each pursued his scpa- 
joumey.' 

was on the second day of Waverton^s arrival 

, that he found himself seated at the tabic 

by a atranger» whose appearance inte- 

him exceedingly. She was a lady, ap- 

about two or three-and* twenty years of 

whom it could hardly bo said that she was 

p but who po$ses8ed> nevertheless, in 

animated features an expression of intelli- 

and quickness, unmixed with either pre- 

or malice, that was peculiarly attractive. 

W10 an Enghsh woman by birth, although 

HxtieiiM: darkness of her complexion might 



D 'J 



one wbo looked npon tier to toft* 
UDodcCABOvesoiitlietii ncefloM 
H. Hm dfiqi moiiniiiig ^ wen 
t «■« teocBi etkmitjhad fhiM 
it tHrdAjappeared tolKmtB^ 
wacity . She entered gradoiiiiy HiB 
aeil^bboiir vidioatM*^ 
diet W WW a piekpocket, or em 
r« ai 10 ^le ouIdid iriih oar £ur 000^ 
&r es r^tfds tbarot* 
tl k qmte uollier onlMf 
with reepecl to ftne^gneniy — gaiTe him theflUiJ" 
of latereadDg iiifofiDatio& with vlads 
IB9 vonan, mod child, is greeted 
ar armal et Spa, via. that the place im^ 
pefBtelj dull ; (the authority of the lour evtn^ 
'lisa could not add one panicle of 
that qaq;iiewtionahle troth;) painted ooi 
to him two or three of the osoal 
odehriciet, halfnaste tigers, elahoratt 
manifestly ooiisdeiioe<etrickeQ^ hy 
^ore of a painful attempt to diatingindi tb^ 



loratt o'^^l 
f tbocfioiffl 



THE UllCLE. 53 

J whiskers and small boots, wHom 
Jrbody knew and nobody trusted, and towards 

she appeared to entertain a most decided 

Boiii in which Waverton joined her most 

ally ; and agreed with him in wondering at 

atient gravity with which continentals plod 

igh a table d^hote, the immobility with which 

defy the loss of time, — ten minutes, twenty 

Dtee may elapse between each dish, still no 

^m of impatience, the fact of being seated 

fttle ia held an occupation sufficient in itself; 

delays that would drive many Englishmen 

fo, and most Americans stark staring mad, 

aa mere matters of course, the natural order 

tbgs ; from the soup to the dessert, they eat 

methodical way, and rise from table appa- 

ym utter unconsciousness that they have 

id two of the best hours of the day, nnd 

themselves heavy and stupid for the re- 
ader. Waverton, upon rising, however, thi& 
did not by any means feel the last two 

waated ; his fair companion had interested 



THE UNCLE. 



AS 



Tj one else at table as their natural enemieSy 
about together over such walks as the 
afforded in the aflernoon, and wondering 
one another, how people could be bored 
hour after hour for five-franc pieces all 
ning, Walter and his new friend managed 
through their wine about as successfully 
y else in that unprepossessing village. 
history of the lady, as Waverton learned it 
I her occasional allusions to her former life^ 
a melancholy one. Married in her earliest 
tth to an ofBcer in the East India Com- 
y't service, then on leave of absence in Eu- 
e, she had accompanied him to India almost 
klediately afterwards; but had been little 
e than two years married, when in a fit of 
he destroyed himself. A widow, and 
nineteen, Mrs. Campbell returned to 
with an only daughter, the sole fruit 
theiT union; but finding that a continental 
suited both her ideas and her purse better 
England, she hadi almost immediately after 



S6 BABBJnSSl 0!Rv 

her reciiin ftom. tbe eastj icf|timd tbe hhit 
of Hrmg Ludependexiily on tbe contmeiitf d bd- 
zardoos piactice for a joung ind very attiacUTf 
The recent loe of her dftogblff «^ 
the occasioQ of her mosramg. 




THB UNCLE, 



57 



CHAPTER IV. 



was a fiae August evening that Tx>rd Dun 
his brother, for want of better occupa- 
Tonmed about as curious and characteristic 
Ky as is to be found in the British Islands ; 
}W^ old-faahioned streets, composed of solid 
houses, each built round a diminutiye 
I, with its date above the door, and, al- 
jh many of them did not rbe above the 
ity of hovels, profusely decorated with the 

bearings of its owners, or founder 
>os d4>cks, without the appearance of an 
ttion ever to admit the water into them* 

d5 



BAiwsrsss; OR, 



lofty stores, with no visible means of 
them ; a half-finished square, which Krrcd k 
a parade for the garrison ; long^ strigglii| 
subiirba of huts, ronning out like the ii]rs ol i 
star upon every road that approached ihe to^l 
an old castle yet inhabited, carious for '^ 
massive tower, and the quaint devices wA 
which it is encircled ; a foaming and raaiii| 
rapid, connecting a huge lake behind witB ^ 
Atlantic, crossed by two bridges, one spioW* 
and easily accessible, and therefore altugil^ 
deserted — the other narrow and di£calt d ^l 
proach, in consequence of vhidi cvciT 
soul in the town crosses it three tinies a ^* 
the streets choaked with shaggy ponieii 
panniers of turf, sear-weed, potatoes, Ac 
swarm of dark-browed women in crtOMOii 
coats; a Bpacioufi bay was on the feft-#ide» 
a roomy gaol oo the land-side of that 
city. Eight milhons of our fellow 
know where this city is, — the remaindo, ip^' 
rant Saxonsj have yet to learn that the 
were in Galway. 




A ni^cd urchin whom they had picked up 

V^ the door of the inn, not Ending " sermons in 

Bktoites/* but " hiding the horse " with pebbles, 

"*8d disturbed from his primitive gambling by 

*xi abrupt order to shew them the town, was 

Uieir cicerone, and of course conducted them to 

Ab gsol and court-house as the first object of 

♦'Sure isn't it an iligint dhrap, your honour?*' 

he, with a touching and characteristic pride 

the omaments of his native town. 

" Do you ever hang people here, old fellow V 

WUly. 

Faith they do, your honour; there was as 

a boy as ever you seed hung here in the 

** What for r asked Dunlara, '' did he deserve 

ir 

" Faith he did, your honour, and they were 
right for waost in their lives for hanging him ; 
he was a bad boy ; he was a-coorting a girl, and 
her brother was clean agin him, and when he 




om, 

\be ktmazzjtbegTrlt)) 
nEiiwsi^by dad W 
six-peiixi0ith of arteiik, sml 
bo J to get him ofU of the 



A«f 



tke 



dhrinlditg together, ihm 
t and he pal the Msenic is^ 
; sad when the paissoov 
ealn^heMd ItVMAe cholera, iind be pt 
the ipa^ mm m bed» md got mto bed vi<^ 
hiB to laep huB wimit — oh ! they were dw boi 
of fiieBds when the poor hoy died« God icrt ^ 
sotdr 

** WeU, and how did it come out ?** 
" Why, your honoar, the other boy thit ht^ 
heen drinkiBg with them, hjid taken a mi^ ^ 
of the dead maax^s tamhler» and when the ^ 
came oo hinii he went to a doctor, and 
tor pumped out his stoioachy rnvrng 
sence, and 90 they found that he 
poiaotied ; and they found the doctor 




THE UNCLE. 



61 



told the other boy arseDic, and then it all came 
dean out, and he was tried and hanged; a 
great sight it was too ; there were the souldiers 
there, and the claddagh hoys, and the polls by 
dozens ; you could not have put another soul on 
the bridge, it was so crowded they were up on 
the parapet, and the lamp-posta ; and the mother 
of the girl came and sat and keened under the 
dhrap." 

*' The mother of the girl ! — why she must have 
been the mother of the man that was murdered/* 
tnt43mipted Dunlara. 

" Yes, your honour, so she was ; but it was 
lM!r daughter he was coordng, so she came and 
Jkeeoed for him.'* 

m ** Well, they are queer people ;" said Willy ; 
•* did he die game ? " 

** Game ! *' repeated the boy, scratching his 
head, is if he did not exactly understand it, for 
hardened brutality on the scaflbld is not in 
6shion in Ireland ; " faith he died like a good 
christian, your honour, forgave all his inimics 



64 




hardness; OB, 



learing the time of Galway to the fowls of tbt 
air, and unheeding the urgent represenUtkoi 
of their guide in favour of their taking a ngfat i] 
the barracks. Upon their return to the ins« 
they found that as dinner had been preptrtd 
for two gentlemen^ it would be expedient tu 
take the bird in the hand and join the party, 
and in a few minutes a roast leg of mutton *Dd 
boiled turkey in celery sauce smoked before i 
somewhat curiously assorted party ; — ^thc yowg 
nobleman, the madcap soldier j a cockney tounA 
who considered Bruce or Bekoni's enteipriie* 
nothing compared to his own, and a sharp, cute. 
Irish officer of the police^ whose name e 
the waiter informed them, had formerly been 
CfHogaU) which he had changed to Gahagafl» 
thinking the latter sounded prettier « who h^ 
been down to Conuemara, with a view of seeiM 
whether he might not do a little bit of ItoA 
jobbing. He was now on his return^ stroi^y 
tempted by the character of what he had setn, 
but somewhat daunted by the chvacter of ^ 



had Dol fleeii,YiL ^as 

down to dinner^a eaix^ z£ 
lore die wmdov, md. beui^ 
ine armed to die teeck. 
'' Fine menitfaofley" uL a uml I>iaiac& : '*' sni 
nippoee fixr serrkem t^ £dd 
od as legular troops" 
"As good as regular troops^ i 
X. Grahagan; "joa mar saw ^os, v3e& yriL 
rite home to your fiiends. — ^111 teil joe. viae. 

I were to go on actnre lenioe t p mjLL-jm \ F i 
ither conmiand six Inmdred of duK ieSc-n. 
^ any thoosand r^nlar in fmiitJ M in dae viorid. 
^7, sir, those men are the picked men of the 
iest agricnltoral popnlation of Europe, picked 
r size, strength, health, character, oondoo, 
d intelligence, and general Ir ust w orth iness, 
d instantly dismissed if they ful in any one 
int ; those are the men that would work round 
?ular armies; indeed, now half their duties 
Ust he carried on as if they were in the pre- 
Dee of an enemy, they neyer know whether 



lMeo£ C^lwif totke fsvkof tb 




oftiinrtekxi«md^o( 
niuro to the m, 
Ind D6flB. pfcpmft 
k wMld be ex|wdieiitt» 
knd snd jom tlie ptdf , 
aiQMtkgoC mnfttim aad 
smoked befctet 
party; — the 
toli&r, a cxxkmtj 
Bnioe or Bebom*s entefpnMt 
to \m own, and a sbaxp, cute, 
Inili o&cr of die police, who«e name m 
the waiter inlbrBied them, had Cbrmeriy Wfn 
(XHogan, which he had changed to Gaht^v* 
thinking the latter sounded pvettm, who W 
been down to Coon^iimraf with a Titw of i C Me g 
whether he might not do a little bit of ImA 
jobbiiig* He was now on his rctariit itrOBflf 
tempted by the charaeter of what be hid «^> 
bat somewhat daunted by the character of i^ 





THE tmCLE. 



65 



bui not 8een« yiz. the titles. Just as they 

down to dinner, a couple of poEcemen passed 

fcre the window, and being on duty were of 

anned to the teeth. 
^ Fine men, those," obserred Dunlara ; " and 
ippoee for service in the field would be as 

regular troops." 
jA# good as regular troops, sir," repeated 
^Kiliagan; "you may say that, when you 
i borne to your friends. — I'll tell you whaU 
were to go on active service to-morrow, Fd 
command six hundred of those fellows, 
any thoosand regular infantry in the world. 
ff aif those men are the picked men of the 
t agricultural population of Europe, picked 
nie, strength, health, character, conduct, 
intelligence, and general trustworthiness, 
instantly dismissed if they fail in any one 
are the men that would work round 
armies; indeed, now half their duties 
be carried on as if they were in the pre* 
of an enemy, they never know whether 



k«awhrt 



- otenW 




THR U5CI*B. 



67 



a powerful anny, and tea thousand armed 




•* Bat noir,*' asked Dunlara, " with all this 
s, how is it that those horrible agrarian 
go on the way they do ; sarely there is 
enough to put them down?* 
"Oh, force I yes, and plenty as far as that goes, 
; but it is not properly applied ; indeed, it is not 
tppUed at all ; for the fact is, that the laws are 
not executed : the laws in Ireland, sir, supposes 
a state of society that docs not exist ; it sup- 
poMS erery man to be for the law, whereas three- 
foartha of them are against it ; and to those that 
«re inclined to obey it, or assist in enforcbg it* 
it affords no efficient protection ; a man may see 
three men with firelocks, and their faces black- 
ened, coming Qp to his door, and he knows that 
they are coming to beat, or perhaps murder htm, 
the law neither prevents this, nor cTen punishes 
it, for it is fif^ to one the criminals escape ; 
md yet it prevents his doing what he would 
do, if there was no law at all, shooting them 
down at once. Those ruffians* impunity is so 




BJklDSBBS: OR. 



I recollect a couple of tbem 
and bhdced hctB^ meetiiig on 
oC llie m^ riding in regtmentda, near 



wtMf lad they acttwUj had the im] 
cttzy anus to ham as he passed*** 

*• Yes, I recoUect hearing that," said Willjri 
'^the whole syitem of what they call goverB* 
Baent in Ireknd, seems to me to he yeryabeorf' 
I remember when those tithe rows were goiif 
on, all the officers said that there wonU ^ 
hare been the slightest difficulty in reeovcxiec 
every furthing of it." 

** No more there woald« sir^ nor the tnctf* 
^ther, that ls» where the occupier wss soho^ 
said Gahagan. '^ If the goTemment bad jo^ 
encamped a br^de of infantry, angiiBetf" 
caraby, and a couple of guns on the Oan*^ 
and said *Xow we're going to begin/ ^ 
would have paid up every ha*penny j the tsj^ 
dition never would have had to march li *" 
The English government do not know bo* ^ 
treat the Irish ; they do not ondeifCuid Is' 



THE UNCLE. 



69 



icfcer of the i)eople, what they ought to 
tbeiD^ and what refuse them^ or how to deal 
them. See how clever they thought them- 
t in *29, with the Catholic members and 
and the forty-shilling ireeholders. 
re are all those precautions now? — the mem- 
TOtc on evexy question they please, the 
call themsclircd whatever they please; 
electorsy * sure»' aa the boys said at the 
it*8 as ea^ to swear to ten pounds^ as it 
forty-shillings.' *' 
do not think those are matters of so much 
oc," said Dnnlara^ **a8 the insecurity of 
and property^ that system of intimidation 
ination is horrible,*' 
II, sir^ the shootings could not be done 
for the general system of intimidation, 
a man is to be shot, the murderers, who 
strangers^ are brought from a dis- 
haps thirty or forty miles; they're kept 
four or fire days in the neighbourhood^ 
for a good opportunity^ every man in the 




that Ibef are there» and ^ 
fer, but nobody duns \A ^ 
he tkeir tmn Dieit if they did. Vf^ 
bM, Hitjbe tlierell be a aeon 
«f t^ oomij-poa|ile ■! nork xntkeoeitfiA 
nobody dares stop tbent nobody as mod <« 
dnts tdil tbe polbe wliich way they are gM^ 
ibey alwap get ««ay safe ; aini if yoa oforf 
five fbawMBd poindi reward, yoa wodlti^ 



** The Lord bsre laacry upon na T ejmiilrf 
Mr. Flgsiaok ** wha^ Uood-thixsty wretdui-'' 

"Ob ! never Inr, w» a stsanger*fi as cftfek» 
as be k IB Wiadnr Gailk; it*s oofyihom^ 
bve aiaoQ^ iben^ then- landlords ind se^ 
boors, tbii tbey mttrder; they wooti buri J^ 
bymntake; and indeed dtfie"^ 
▼eiy like yon that liveo nor bM 
that baa bad bis cofo cbalked on bit dotf ' 
woakbii*l advin yon wdkiiig mncb bf ^ 
ris^er toirards dark ; it*9 nimbly baidyt ^"^ 
can swear thai a iiiao*s head waon^ beMsa iolf 



rKXX. 



e rocks, to nr Bockfzrr z£ Ois 
Lttosea." 

'^ Then," sad Dn&BL «-aie J 
ere nodbing to wr to xsm: tamt7 
^Nodnng, viaseicr; iaic«- m^ nx m imtrx 
paid ibr the job, fi^ isas las peiQiie: -avr 
deege wiD do the Eke isr ijism, x ^iffx 
sntit." 

** It seems hopeks acscsgcmc: n pK umn. 
idi a system." 

*"! think not, sr," rcsczsec lae fpubet: afiejes-. 
' I thiwir if the iiiMi I MM II wfBC rfsnuLBSsnr ii 
rork, it mi^ be cbnjc^ ; i^ lEiE jm^ ^noc 
*d do. WheneriET a BBTOer -vm voansuaatfL 
d make the c umai% victosi £x« -x sjl uoi^ ir 
>e spot a prodaiiaed cbszkl I'd rusr'JL i. 
dBcieDt number cf xrx^ ioiXf k v, ptr^jgt r 
I night, keeping sosoe «f tt£9L ix criirv^ 
^y in case of d2s:auiazkDE:, zzti frxaa 'd "^jx^ftL 
Qetted among tise p&c^^ ^'i paik "cj -vutr^ 
^«T infonnation iIct tosld. I'c iiax.e *_ii*. 
^tng abfoad at niz^ vitLsot a pa»; a ^Esssft- 



allov no 



hftm9 



IprHie 



the 



Td 



it hmUk far may cooittfalc to 



«f tke dsT or sight, and the 



Fd DMke il coDpubcny upon 
■ipBBj any officer who aiight 
^ m hfe ptfxofe or djaij^ a&d oidcr At] 

to reqmxe constaxitlj of thoee irho 




In shorty** add Duokn, "you'd 



tt»the 



thehmf^ 



mnder commkted in it, dmi yon lUak f^ 
voold let dl the cauntfj-^people ^gMiii^ 
aundefen, ioelind of haiing them ias ttai * 
they are now." 
*' Exactly aOi» sir, and it wotdd not he « ^ 
askaeens fer; thalbctii, tbit^ 



THE tnS'CLE, 



e neighbourhood ia accessory to the crime, 

they are afraid of denouncing it. Now I'd 

the law more terrible than the intimida- 

j and I believe, sir, there are few gentlemen 

your side of the herring pond, that know 

a cart-load of curses there is in that one 

—intimidation. Just break it down, and see 

a country we'd be." 

There is great difficulty about evidence, 

ked Dunlara ; " you cannot always do jus- 

iu the face of regular methodised perjury." 

Yes, there is the perjury, and above all, the 

d and indi£erence with which it is 

, makes the administration of justice ini- 

Wect, and consequently not to be depended 

P^ ; and nothing sets the people more against 

law than that very not depending on it. 

you'll see a man come up to give his evidence 

Iriah court. The judge on the bench 

that he is perjuring himself, the jury 

it too ; the counsel and attomies on both 

know ity every soul in the court knows it, 

roL. in. V 



OB, 



knawi that thej all knot it* 
iionify, nerertheless. Theca^^ 
Ae jorj grre tbdr Terdkl in tbe tee^ 
ry^^ttb dfldttSDg Uiflroby oo their ottbi^ 
I9 iaplintiatt, that he baa coauam3^ 
s aad jot dnt aan walka oat of lii^ 
m M Bfithiag had happened. People mf^ 
* indeed end iheie was SOUK very Aord MMoria^ 
m lh«l CMB ;' that's all the notioe ia taken of ii^ 
yott^d wppuig h ma leoogmeed by geoefil coor- 
sent «8 • littr stnft^etn. Then iboee goHip' 
wmpsemm an honihfe; their TOfj 
m ^iipice to Iidand. I can oonceiTe 
mom diigHtmf thin seeing a man in thi^oc^^-^l 
OD a oapital charge, and a girl ready to hao^ ^ ^ 
■narry hiaiy aocdrdiDg as the attocniee befen tkr 
tml think the odda are for oc againU a oofr- 
wtian; odds which often depend npOA lAmf^ 
the witnesaea ibr the proaecutioii are dnmk ^ 
sober. For ereiy one caae of that tori ^ 
cooee into a court too, three are stopped bf ^ 
m^gjatratesj b«u the ayKem of peqvy 0Qg^^ 



^gtm 



THB UNCLE. 



7.0 



tcly grappled with ; and whenever one 
Me case8 breaks down, as they generally do 
its manifestly appearing that it is an attempt 
impel the man to marry the woman, by 
ly swearbg a rape against him, the prosecu- 
should be instantly^ as a matter of course, 
into the dock, on the charge of conspiracy, 
r crimes are crimes against the laws, but 
of perjury is a crime not only against the 
but against the court, and the courts ought 
edare that they ^dll no longer tolerate it. 
law can no more be admimstered purely, 
the court is outraged by false swearing on 
of the people, than if it was outraged by 
troduction of troops on the the part of the 
, to coexce its decisions. Sir» there is in 
a sound code of laws, with abundant 
er, both moral, political, and physical, to 
ice and vindicate the law, if the govern- 
t will only give up truckling to tlie agitators, 
do its duty by the people/' 



E l 



76 



BABinrESS^ OS* 



CHAPTEB V. 



UrwAins of a {artziight bad elapsed 
Wacv«ft(m*a amral at Spa ; and sdH, inorBinf | 
after mofmiigy he and Mrs, Campbell £»iiui a^ 
that they were gooag to ride in the laaia ^v^j 
tkti ; and evening after efemng, diatxivefri 
they had dedded upon cUmbing the saot Ul 
The Udy, with intoi^Te ngackyt buft c^ 
ani^ed at the condasion that somethhy ** 
wrong with Waverton — something moit t^ 
met the eye — with femimne instmct, W ^ 
cribed the malady to the heart, rather At» ^ 
ignoble scape-goat of watering- pi Arrf*«, d)c i^* 



THB UNCLEi 



77 



«arf witi feminine tact, had skilfally ministered 
^ " mind diseased," — now BOOtMng irritation 
cheering despondency — now raising 
,-^making light of the bitter past — pointing 
the brilliant future — evoking the master spi- 
Ambition, to trample out the smouldering 
of rejected love ; and Walter soon be- 
aware that Spa would be unbearable with* 
the accomplished and fascinating widow. 
y were riding, one morning, under the old 
of Franchimont, when the wreck of the 
of chivalry, that frowned over their path, 
Itnied the conversation to heroism. 

*' It is strange," said Waverton, " how those 
^ieiWns of old still retain a hold upon the 
Biiginations and the hearts of mankind ; — they 
ierc little else than hardy robbers — they were 
oppressive lords — they were overbearing in 
trotperity, and abject in adversity ; and yet 
crybody takes an interest in their feats and 
histories^ their habiUi, their Uves, and their 
, that I cannot account for/* 



?8 HARDNESS OU, 

"One sees them from a distance/' returned 
she. '* I recoUect, before I married, bcfort I 
ever saw Mr. Campbell, my ideal of a hero«»» 
a gallemt soldier. Bayard, Bolaiid» Laiodif 
Jaquelein, were my impersonations of hewiflDf 
but I changed my mind when I found mpdf 
behind the scenes, and saw the unheroic inei» 
by which alone success is to be ensured. I ^ 
not know that I ever was so much affected \ff 
any poetry in my life, as by those lines in ^ 
third canto of Childe Harold, that rcUtes to tk 
fall of Major Howard, at Waterloo ; or to moc^ 
excited as by that passage about the Maid of ^ 
rapossa : — 

* Her lover sinkt — she sheds no fll-tiintd IMJ^ 
Her chief is bLuji — she fills his fntdl post ; — 

Her fellows flee — she check* tlieir hose c«ew— 
The foe retires — she he^ds the sallytitg host 

Who cBii appease like her « lover's ghost f 
Who CAn avenge so well a leader's faQ t 

What moid rclHcvi% when mmi's flushed bopsiii^ 
Who hang so fiercely on the tlyittg Gflulf 
FoOed by a womim*s hand. More s shatterfd ^ 



M. 




THB tyNCLE, 



79 



I thought then, that a heroine was alone 
J of a hero ; but the barrack-yard unde- 
me ; the wearying details of discipline — 
, minute arrangements — the dependance 
es, weather, means of transport, 
of unromantic and unpoetical acces- 
heroism, soon cured me of my military 
: — a soldier is not my hero.'* 
What then, a sailor ?" 
No ; on my passage out to India, the idea 
toOor and rum, got so connected in my 
d, that I never have been able to separate 
Q since j there is nothing heroic in grog." 
WcU, then, I suppose it is the old story — a 

.Still leasj a poet ; it appears to me impos- 
ts make a hero of a man who soars to the 
ids one instant» and descends the next to the 
of the earth « and very petty little^ 
, if all that one hoars of the pri- 
of poets be true,** 

same objection would apply to other 
I should imagine.*' 



80 



HAKDNESS; OR, 



" It would, at leaat in my mind," 
•* Surely then your hero is not a clergyman 
** No, in the days of martyrdom, the cburcfc 
might afford heroes ; the clergymen of the pr*' 
sent day have nothing to struggle against but 
their own indolence, I require a man wbo em 
struggle against difficulties and discouragements' 
and vanquish them by force of character.'* 

*' What is it then^ an adventurous traveller f" 
an explorer of unknown regions ?*' 

" No, I will tell you what my idea of a hew 
is, though I am sure you wiU laugh at me f« i^ 
My idea of a hero is, a man who has made hio- 
self a name as a statesman. I remembff? •» 
well as if it were yesterday, my poor &thif 
describing the early career of a school -fclIo*£ 
his, who afterwards rose to great £u&t 
power in England — how he laboured for ytm 
upon years unceasing, untiring, to prepare bin* 
aelf for Parliament — how at last, when lie w» 
retuined, and thought the career that bl ii 
coveted was opening before him, he i1b6^ 



THE rXCLE. 



81 



paired at the dif&culties that he saw in his 
ly. With what chilling despondency he foood, 
rs and nights of lahour bestowed npon 
t that he wished to master, that, not- 
Withstftading all his pabs, he had arrived at a 
Wrong conclusion ; — how the first time aiter he 
iksd prepared a speech^ and hoped to make a 
{iTonrable debat in the hoose^ he received a 

titage from the minister, to beg that he wonld 
speak upon that subject, it would embames 
ht government; — how another time, after 
of anxious preparation, when he rose 
apeak, having undergone the horrors of 
kpation for several hours, the house was 
ited out by a member, who was bo intoxi- 
^d that he could hardly stand ; — and how, in 
be end, when he did get up to address the 
■pae^ his h^irt sank within him, and he wished 
m earth would open and swallow him. I 
pBttrely cried when my father described the 
gony of timidity that he feltr— how his eye* 
Us brain reeled ; he shook like an aspen, 

B 5 



HAKDNESS; OR, 

his memory seemed failing him, his povei* 
seemed deserting him, but hb courage main 
tained him yet, for he still stood up gallantly sd<^ 
would not yield ; hardly kuowing what ihcj 
were, he spoke a iew sentences, his own paftj 
cheered to encourage him — that only made hiit 
worse : he faltered, a cboaking sensatioD TO960 
Ills throat, and he was fast breaking down frao 
sheer nervousness, when his adver sariee vs^ 
tingly did what his firiends had failed in effe<^* 
ing. — An unfeeling sneer from the other odtrf 
the house roused him, he turned savagely roorf 
with a ready and effective retort* and the wW* 
scene changed in an instant. Ohf howI|||H 
feel as if I had triumphed myself," contili^^ 
she, drawing herself up to her full hctghtf tf^ 
gathering up her reins, her eyes flashukgt l** 
cheek reddening with the excitement of tl» 
moment, *'when the old parliamentary o** 
who would not give the young orator a ^ 
chance, saw their victim turn to bay?— whff 
they found their mistake — when ihey th«^ 




THB tTNCLB. 



83 



bad stricken si deer in the jungle^ and 
d they had roused a tiger ; his spirit rose 
the injufitice — he looked resolutely and 
y at the snecrer — his brain cleared— his 
pofisession returned — he continued his 
^ slowly and hesitatingly at first ; then, 
with his subject, rising and rising 
r and higher in his oratory, till at last he 
up his speech in a burst of eloquence » 
ud dumdorbg cheers that echoed in his ears 
many a year afterwards ; and the leader vf 
party came to congratulate him and the 
try that another formidable champion had 
night taken his proper place in the front 
of the battle. Oh! how I could have 
.thized with that man — how I could have 
his doubts, his anxieties, his yearnings — how 
nld have shared in his triumph when the 
i blow was struck, the trial over, and all 
well. The toil, and the dread, and the sink-* 
of the heart gone, melted, vanished, like 
I last year's snoWy and the glorious futurt 



84 



HARDNESS 1 OK, 



opemng bright? and clear^ and unclouded before 
Mm — bow I could have adored him, as in aite^ 
days he went on in his career of glory, and 
good. As each successiTe year brought 
higher glory, higher place, more power — 
to do good to his fellow creatures, nobly 
and nobly exercised — when at last he sank iaUm^ ^^ 
his grave, and nations wept over him, I cool^ ^ 
have emulated the Hindoo widow, and dii^ ^ 
upon his tomb ;'* she paused; "I sometimes u^ez^ 
very silly, Mr. Waverton, you must not langfc^^'' 
a» me." 

It was an unnecessary caution ; Wavertoi^^"^ 
was by no means inclined to laugh at bei ; sW ^ 
had struck a chord in his heart that answc 
readily to the touch; for she had oocuntel^ 
described his projects, his hopee, his fearst 
ambition ; in short his character, as her 
tion of a hero. 

They now rode on in silence for some 
neither being inclined to speak. The lady ^^p^^^ 
ing to have exhausted herself in the tadteffl**' 



THE ITKCLE* 



85 



her own narration had caused, though she occa* 
•ionaily stole a glance at her companion, as if 
to read b his countenance, grave and thought- 
ful as it was, what was passing in his heart. 
More was passing there than he would readily 
have admitted even to himself. The animated 
•ketch of the young orator's struggles, struggles 
^Ui the deadliest of all enemies, his own weak- 
>*c««, found an echo in his hreast ; it was, in fact, 
W« own case. Often already he had prepared 
'^iJ^idclf to commence his career of oratory ; 
^••Wn he had gone down to the house, intend- 
^'^ to speaky and sat there hour a^r hour, 
*■* Vying the stolid assurance with which dri- 
^^U^ after driveller arose to inflict his hearers 
^^tJL what nobody listened to, and the next 
^^^*8 readers with what nobody read ; still he 
'*^^'er had ventured to address the house, and 
**^^r he pondered deeply upon the atirring 
^^'^^ds he had heard, they suggested to him 
lutiDn, energy, action, success, triumph ; they 
suggested to him that it woxJd be very sweet. 



86 HABD19B8S; OB, 

if tbere were bright eyes that would i^)k 
yet brighter at this triumph; he turned wilhi 
melancholy smile to the fair enthusiast, *^ I lo 
afraid/' said he, ** that difficult as it would be» 
find a hero such as you describe, it would out 
be easy in common life to find such s h&m 
either ; with all my regard for your sex, 1 ofr 
not giTO them, 1 mean of coarse aa a body, 
credit for that unsevering devotion dkit yoi 
describe fio feelingly. Take even a woman of tl» 
utmoet stability of character, who passianittlf 
adores her husband, will not her children diii(V 
her affections with him after a time ?** 

The lady did not much lite the quesM* » 
she evaded it. " I do think/' returned ^'* 
** that when a man really and truly gifei ^ 
his heart, his liberty, his life ia short, w * 
woman, that if she really loves him, he *• 
a right to expect something very like unmff* 
ing devotion. A man almost invariably w^ 
some sacrifice in marrying, a woman rarely;** 
the contrary, if she loves her husband, it b w 



THE USCLB, 



87 



|iuch clear gain to her, to many women get- 
1 1 husband is the great object of their lives." 
■How many of them do love their husbands, 
love the man they marry before mar- 

know that many do not, but that only 
rhat I say ; that it is such an object to 
generality of women, that tliey even make 
ice for the Bake of attaining the mar- 
statCf that is, having an in dependant 
of their own, being no longer a cipher 
world" 

fBot how is one to ascertain what hold one 
ftxpon a woman's affections ? — how is one to 
against deception, or more properly self- 
tion?" 

cannot conceive a man*s not being able to 
iBguLsh,** returned the lady warmly ; ** if a 
really likes him, she will show it in 
way or other, whether she will or not ; 
does not, I cannot understand the man's 
inittDg the pursuit, that is, afler giving her 



88 HARDXESS; OB, 

a reasonable time ; for you are not to eip«* 
women to come up to you to be petted %^ 
spaniels. They must be wooed to be won ; bat if 
wooing does not win them, it seems to oe tint 
the gentleman can easily see that, and then it » 
lime for him to give up his pretension. 1 
despise nothing more thoroughly, than a ouBi 
who continues dangling and pining afler a gH 
who has once shown an aversion to him, of « 
one sometimes sees, has trifled with his iediil^ 
and then deserted him for some one youngt't 
or gayer, or richer than him. I thidt il 
is such an unmanly weakness, for a man wk 
ought to have a decided character of his own* 
and a decided control over himself, to be c«* 
down, depressed, in fact, made good for nothini* 
for the sake of what is very oltcn a siU^i 
frivolous creature, utterly unworthy of hioi 
it is I admit, a misfortune, and a sore (zU 
to a proud man, to find his affections mispbcedi 
but he should rise superior to it, Wc owtf^ 



^at ourselves to a canter up the allee, Mr, 
^V'averton, I hear the table d'hote bell" 

fcThey cantered on in silence ; Waverton was 
U more thoughtful than before ; his ambition 
ks roused, his pride was touched, but it was 
hy the wand of an enchantress ; and his hand 
shook as he helped his companion off her horse. 
A significant, not to say triumphant^ smile 
might have been seen upon Mrs. Campbell's 
countenance, as she entered her lodgings ; she 
felt that what had passed during that ride had 
* gone far to remove one image from Waverton's 
^jnind and substitute another. She knew nothing 
of his former history, except what she could 
gather from liis present character and temper of 
mind ; he had not made her his confidant, not- 
withstanding the intimacy in which they had 
. been living ; and she had been reduced to draw 
B her own inferences from her own observation and 
own Mgadty ; bat these were qualities that she 
had rarely found fail her ; and reposing a due and 




'90 HARDNESS ; DB* 

well-founded confidence in them, she condndd 
that that day's conversation had not been (hxo^ 
away. She was right in conjecturing thai ^^ 
shafts had not been sent altogether at nndoni i 
but she little knew with what unerring accttWCJ 
they had gone to the mark. 

Waverton entered hb hotel in deep thoogU, 
and proceeded mechanically to make his prepir 
rations for dinner. Upon arrinng at his room, 
however, he found on his dreasing-table a letter 
from Hooker, giving a long account of h» 
journey, of which the following passage attitcted 
Walter's notice particularly. ** I was roach 
surprised at finding my Lord John DelaTsl H 
Baden; but my astonishment was dtmbisM 
by discovering that his fair widow Mrs. ScamilflD 
was passing her summer at the City of tile 
Fountains. Delaval desires me to say that U 
hears Mrs. !Sheddcn, more commonly ciOrf 
Sophy Silvertongue, is at Spa, where she h» 
been since she left the Duke» and rtfOomiDdA 



T^^ strongly to establish an acqumutance with 
"^ ; be says she is one of the pleasantest corn- 
Pinions in Eoxope, and that he has serious 
*^w>ughts of taking Spa on his road home for the 
**pre« purpose of seeing her. She is supposed 
to have purchased or hired a child somewhere, 
for the purpose of givbg a more interesting 
Upect to her assumed character,'* Waverton 
did oat exactly know what to make of this, the 
detcriptiozi evidently pointed to an adventuress, 
a woman o^ at the best, doubtful character ; 
^^Uut one likely to make herself remarkable 
^Kdiereyer she was. He was aware of no such 
^peimu at Spa, when the society was so limited 
tbat ahnost everybody was more or less known 
by character to their neighbours ; but not feel* 
il^ at the moment any particular wish to make 
acquaintances of the sort^ he shut up the let- 
ter in his ivTiting-desk, and descending to the 
Salon, seated liimsclf as usual by Mrs. Camp- 
be)]« That lady was evidently in the highest 



THE UNCLE. 93 

^nd's society^ and a mind at ease, are the 
(ttces from which one ought to expect one's 
yoyment at Spa." 

•* By the bye,** observed Walter, " I expect 
I old friend here in a few days." 

" Ah ! then I suppose I shall see no more of 
m,'* said Mrs. Campbell, looking into his face 
ith a mock-imploring expression. '' Pray who 
ly yonr friend be V* 
"" Lord John DelavaL" 
^ Lord John Delaval !" repeated she, in a 
iky Toice, and she grew suddenly crimson, 
1 as suddenly pale as death ; '^ when do you 
pect Lord John Delaval ?" 
** In about a week or ten days,** returned 
aTerton, who had not observed her agitation 
Delaval's name. ** He is at Baden now." 
'' Had yon a letter from him then to say he 
BS coming T* asked the lady. 
<* No, it was from another man ; Delaval is 
C much given to writing." 
<* No,** said his companion unconsciously. 



HAJU>N]tS8; 01k, 



Why, do yoa know him V* asked Wiiier,in 
iarpdse. 

" Me ! no ; — 1 never heard of him before." 

^ I ihoiight yoa seemed to talk as if pu wt^ 
awaie of his ETefsion to vritix^." 

** It was yoo ^d so/^ said the lady» c 
slightly. 

*' Yes ; but I fended 70a had agreed «itii 
me.'' 

" It must have been the force of habit*" i^ 
tamed she> laughing, and recovering hei self' 
possession ; " yon have taught me to agree 10 
everything you say, Mr. Waverton. I 
really try and learn to contradict you." 

Neither party returned to the subject. D«- 
laval's arrival was so long delayed that they 
almost ceased to expect him. Time rolled <mt 
and the term of Waverton's prohatioa at S^ 
rapidly approached, his health becaime visUy 
better ; his strength increased ; his appedfe 
turned ; that species of good humottTt of 
ness of spirity that attends convalesce&oe^ 



)f UgbJ 



to see every object and every person fa- 
"Vourably, and onfortunatcly, none more favour- 
ably than the fair and attractive widow. That 
Luly, having the ground to herself, no com- 
petitors, no objects to divert his attention, in 
short, having complete possession of his time 
&nd attention, had silently and imperceptibly 
acquired not only a hold upon his affections 
that he himself was little aware of; but also an 
influence over his spirit, an ascendancy that he 
would have been slow to admit. The idle habits 
of a watering«place had completely disarranged 
his mode of spending his time, and destroyed 
the self-dependance that a regular syBtem of 
s^lf-employment creates. He could not read or 
write all the morning, because it was customary 
to spend the morning in the open air ; all was 
idleneas around, and it was not easy to be busy. 
The hour of dinner too abridged the hours of 
employment, and after dinner, the custom of 
stroUiDg about with iVIrs* Campbell had become 
chroniCf and was not readily to be eradicated ; 




their Mtm^ 
laokted ^tam b(X0^ 

Mi he had Bobodjdw toipedcio 
Tlas WIS cxacdf wbat ib^^ 
I WarcftoD was a mm w^<^ 
gmft sta&ics, great ambiitioii* eneifv .^ 
nererthelos in— 
id be wlist ii coBmaoHr tmiiedf 






Afll is to mj, be was slov <dc^ 
to iflipiite modTes wlikh^i^^ 
of to tliem, or to sogpect ie^^ 
die mm wlio beliefo »f 
woBBD sB^ds* or lie wimae creed it that tbe^" 
aie an deTOs, leads tbe iMppiest life, is a qo^*^ 
tioD Aai need not be £aciiflaed bere. Hie tifd» 
probably lies 



here between 



of the subject would posablf tat^ 



out a Tcry 



and 



llB^v 



perhaps eren a profitable one if jadidoodr en^ 
ducted ; whatever it be^ certain it ii> tbi' ^ 



THE URCLE, 



97 



id get on very badly without them ; and 
dn it was that Waverton doubted whether 
K>iild get on at all without one particular 
men of the descendants of Eve. To say 
truth, his disappointment about Mary de 
[h had made him in a manner desperate, 
lis mind was in that state that he might have 
b an easy prey to any designing woman who 
lened to know his circumstances, and how to 
It by them* 



vou tn. 



HAmDMESS; o%. 



CHAPTER n. 
JL TAJSiWVL meaae was la the mmn time itsas 



THE U.NCLE. 



99 



, though for the greater part of his life. 
hould not bear the remaining at home in a 
lion of society so inferior to that which he was 
l9toinetI to consider his due ; and notwith- 
fling that some little sympathy had been 
ibited by the neighbouring gentry towards 
John6on*8 since their misfortunes, still it was 
feosequence of their misfortunes, and not to 
bistaken for any wish to associate with tbem ; 
Henry was a little nettled by the cool in- 
srence, if not repugnance, with which his 
y • adopted family was treated in the 
(try. He likewise had constructed, not 
y in the air, but in the forest, certain an- 
erections of wood, log-houses, spa- 
rough perhaps, but rejoicing in a rude 
I each as transatlantic writers so glowingly 
; herds of cattle ; huge farm buildings ; 
tivity^ and so forth ; nor did his mind's 
ogether neglect the more distant vision of 
future town of Burghyille that was to rise 
lands, or the idea of returning^ in his 
F 2 



old age, to has native shores^ a magnate koc^muii 
the far west, and being once again Mr. (i^K* 
Burgh, of the ancient house of Innismore; rUt^^ 
independent and prosperous ; a great authority 
upon Canadian matters; respected^ as g uccfi 
is respected in England, and 80 forth. Hir 
severance from his own familj too was nearlt 
complete ; with regard to Lord Innismore, tint 
nobleman's unnatural and obstinate avenion to 
him had began to excite reciprocal feelings in 
his mind ; he could hardly be expected to look 
upon him as otherwise than an obdurate tjnmt; 
while, at the same time, the resolute maniter b 
which the Earl had forbidden him Us faoM 
had made it almost impossible for him to sec U> 
sister, witli whom, moreover, he wm not I«f* 
ticularly pleased, for the coolneea At lud 
exhibited towards his mother-in-law, whicli wi* 
nevertheless* the best thing she could hin 
done; for the very shewing 3IrB. Jahmc^oi 
Juliana to Lord Jnnismore> would in&lfiUy 
have enraged him more than ever, and ^ 





THE tJNCLE. 101 

^^om he was inclined to be exceedingly angry 
*"^ her treatment of Waver ton, of the secret 
■^i«tory of which transaction he was altogether 
MB&orant, having, in fact, very nearly dropped 
^TO correspondence with her since his marriage. 
Of his two cousins he did not expect to see 
touch more for the rest of his life, seeing that 
they were not very likely to come to Kensworth, 
tior he to visit Ganton^ during his uncle's life- 
time at least, and he went on making his ar- 
nwgements as calmly as he could. It was other- 
wise with Arabella. To her, who never had 
been ten miles from Kensworth in her life, the 
idea of emigrating was one of unmixed horror ; 
a journey to London would have been an ex- 
pedition of no slight consequence in her eyes, 
bow much more a voyage to America. The total 
change of scene, habits and society, was very 
diitasteful to her, and she felt most acutely th<? 
neeetcity of parting from her parents. Her 
&ther had always doted on her ; and the melan- 
choly expresfion of resignation with which he 




HARDNESS ; OR, 



«jwd to regard the daagkter Uuit was fooQ ^ 
separated from hinij went to ber heait; 
could not endare the rcflectioii^ tkat ooot 
onossed the Atlandcj she might poMil>ty, 
probably oever see him again. Her motki 
with all her follies, was her mother yet j oA 
Arabella was not a daughter to scan too nsrii^ 
ly a parent's hxilxs, still less so at a dme tfat 
iheir misfortunes commanded sympathy and m- 
aid^atioQ, even from strangers. Juliao& wa 
an altered being, day by day good qualities tk 
bad hitherto laid dormant, smothered in her t»- 
nity and jealousy^ displayed themseltres ; she hal 
made the one step into the right, cooqnered <sw 
eYJl feeHntg, and all that waa bad in her charac- 
ter was already half paralysed by the blov, 
whilst the good grew and flourished hooHf. 
There is a peculiar interest we feel in a chiraetff, 
from which we never entertained any veiy h^ 
expectations ; when some stroke, whether of 
good or bad fortune, calls forth its laleBit eaa* 
giesj and it suddenly displays qualities for which 



i 




THE UNCLE. 



103 



^e never had given it credit : and deeply did 
ftis feeling enter into Arabella's mind, with re* 
S»id to Juliana, &om wham she was so soon to 
be leparated, not without adding another pang 
lo the anguish of parting » even though it so 
look a weight off her mind^ that she was 
■tlified that her poor proteges in Kensworth 
Kmld find a kind and efficient protectress in 
kliui«t whoae charitable interest in the con- 
pni8 of hex poorer neighbours by this time 
ImosC equalled her own. She had another 
muse of sorrow too in Henry's continual ab- 
ieticcs> necessitated by the preparations he waa 
Baking, which gave her a feeling of loneliness 
nren in the very middle of her own family ; and 
lundreds of times she had half made up her 

Ed to appeal to hi8 feelings, and pray thai ho 
lid alter his decision on the subject^ and let 
n remain at Kensworth, in narrow circum- 
cem certainly* in humble station* with little 
nofpecl of emerging from it, but stUl ▲T boue, 
Her knowledge of his character! however, du- 




104 



BARDKESS: ORi 



couraged her from any such step as thi»; ^^ 

of the Bicnfice 



saw 



that whilst he felt the 
even he was makini 



igi 



and 



extent 
still more 



so 



ibe Trt 



greater that she was called upon to make, stili 
the necessity of making it had wound him ^ 
to the point. He felt or fancied that ilwu» 
necessity to take some steps to restore himirff i» 
the eyes of the world, a point of honour oot »d 
sink unresistingly and acquiescingly into ixa^ 
licance; she felt it would have been Awesknetfin 
her to interfere, and she silently and uncompl*** 
ingly watched arrangement after arrangcincaJ 
completed, and endeavoured to conjure up alittk 
pastoral paradise for herself in the far weft Ml*- 
Johnson, in the mean time, gradually reoov«rf 
her equanimity ; the bustle of preparing for th* 
young couple's departure, gave all in the ha^ 
an occupation and an interest, meLincholy, boi 
yet pleasing; and if the father was more ^ 
usually reserved, if an occasional shade of 0^* 
ness was visible on his brow, he jret slid no- 
thing, he never once spoke of the project ifl 




THB tmCLE. 



105 



of disapproval; nay, if the truth be knowB, 

ly aa he felt the separation from his fa- 

ite daughter^ he admired and appreciated 

the energy and resolution which had 

Henry to undertake his enterprise, and 

unpretending but unhesitating devotion to 

bnsband that had induced Arabella to ac- 

in it. 



F 5 




Iri 
CWbto 

betap 

aid to 

seqoen 

oesBtty 

mbf 



T^B T7NCLB. 



107 



d not construct such an oration as he judged 

occasion required by any exertion of his own 

ided intellect. There were no English novek 

had in Carlsbad to furnish him with an 

lodox formula ; a German form he did £nd^ 

e discoTered one day one of the waiters at 

Bochsiiche Saal — who had a smattering of 

iiah» a stock of tolerable cigars on sale^ and 

1068-bred puppy, and was consequently a 

; ally of his lordship's — reading a German 

, professing to instruct the uninitiated how 

rhare in society, as a preparation for a ball 

ber he was to attend the Bohemian object 

affections that evening, fi-om this he cha* 

ly translated as follows for Lord Cubtown'9 

Ifii* The translation was very literal^ a little 

I perhaps. " We are now to one another no 

p strange^ love-worthy Mary; it is to you 

linly not escaped that I you love over all high 

lure. Dare I to you expressly say that I 

love, that I you as a true beloved at my side 

Be wish ? Is your heart so free as the mine i 



flfti^ifeyMUBjodeliappy tobe; Mofftfl 



tm vin 



wtth a pidKtk ibJce of his hmd, u (be 
bogii ready Mipfit 
dielialf ofiL i^ 



nam Vm in^^ added be, waDdog pes* 
wnAjmmwf, **! diall never be able toooofV^ 



tbe 



mafffied 



liev^ IjkIj loosdj, or somebodjr that I etisii 
dicir twMbmdi sdd when ihej popp^ 



tlie ^peitian. B j tbe Lord 111 put it m wdlxng • 

-^dmH jnsi do. 1*11 hare a bottle of cbir 

p^De at dfinBer, just to get the 

alqp it into her hand as she ia getttng op' 

Irife — that*a the ticket! How 

be^B— ^ Mj dear Miss de Borgh;— thai 

too stiff;— <Mj dear Mary/— I 

vonld have to ask I^ord Iiiiiismore's leave tp ealt 

her byherchristiuiitaine; the very aight ol (^ 

old Tartar brings on a sort of aU oveniiinMit I' 



feel as if I ooold not help myaelf ;— Ihull O0t« 



; sometHcg a little warmer, — ' beloved object 
^ my affections,* — that's very pretty ; — * beloved 
^>bject of my affections/ — I wonder how the 
'levij they spell affections. Upon my soul I 
helieve the best way would be to ask her herself 
^hal one ought to say to her* Girls are always 
Mattered when you ask their advice — it would 
put her in a good humour — I should have a 
better chance* By Jove ! here's the Toadeater, 
, I'll pump him. Well, doctor, how are you get- 
ling on this fine morning V 
■ ** Pretty weU, thank you, my lord,** returned 
Higgins, wiping his forehead with a brilliant 
yellow silk pocket-handkerchief ; " it's mighty 
hot" 

" I say, doctor,'' continued the young gentle- 
man, " you're a sort of fellow that understands 
those sort of things. What's the proper way to 
. pop the question T' 

^H " Is it to make a proposal of marriage your 
^■krdship means V* 

^B *' Tes. It strikes me that it is rather a deli- 
^^cate matter^-eh ?" 




110 



HABDNESa; OB, 



" Well then, indeed, I should be rather in* 
clined to thiak that it in a measure depend 
upon circumstances,'* 

" WcUj but supposing that I was to think rf 
such a thing, what would you have me fayf 

" Indeed, my lord, I would not make so in» 
as to meddle or make in such a matter/' 

" What should you think likely to be ft sac* 
cessful way of asking a female woman to ^^ 
one ?" 

*' I suppose the way eTerybody does," k* 
turned the doctor. 

" Come," said the young noblemant conuHf 
at last in desperation to the point, " doctOTi ttU 
us, like a good fellow, what you said joxan^ 
when you propoeed to Mrs. Higgins T' 

*^ That would not do at all, my lord," x«* 
turned the obdurate Higgins ; '* sure the wij 
that the likes of me courts, would not be ftt all 
suitable to a young nobleman.'* 

Cubtown became desperate at this lut pvO 
" I'll tell you what, doctor," said he ; " I m^ 



THE UNCLE. 



Hi 



propose to Miss de Burgh directly, and 111 be 
hanged if I can screw myself up to the mark ; 
there's only one way of polishing off the job, 
you must do it for me — upon my soul, I'll be 
everlastingly obliged to you; I'U give you a 
hundred pounds; now that is a fair offer." The 
worthy doctor opened his eyes, and his mouth, 
and his ears, at this liberal proposition; it was a 
tamewhat unusual commission, the negociation 
was delicatei but the hundred pounds irresist- 
ible i there was the honour of the thing, too." 

*' It*8 an unexpected pleasure, my lord," said 
B; "I never had the least idea in the world 
of being your lorduhip's proxy in such a matter; 
maybe I wouldn't succeed to your lordship's 
liking r 

** Oh ! yea, you'll succeed fast enough ; now 
mj you'll do it, Like a good fellow, and put my 
jund at ei^." 

^•* Well, my lord^ I'll do my best to comply 
with your lordship's orders." 

That a all right," said Cubtown, and walked 



lit 



BARBKISS; OB, 



away, whistling Jim Crow, in token of his satii* 
faction, 

" Faitbj and it*s a great man I am now^ eu' 
tirely," said the doctor, ** an ambassador froi^ 
my Lord Cubtown to my Lady Cubtoim titf 
is to be ; an extraordinary plenipotealitfj 
charged with the negociation of a ddkil' 
mission, a family compact — no lew — finlh, 
I must take my time, though the 'move hi# 
the worse speed;' I mtist try and get up & 
neat and appropriate ^eech, as the pipai 
say a man makes when he's drunks his health I 
mean. What I said to Mrs. H. woold not do ^ 
alL — ^Will you be mine?' said I, quite short 
and easy-like, — * will you be mine f — wifl I tpeik 
to your mother ;' and I gave her a nudge. Ibi 
Mary mightn't like that— * no, stlenoe 
consent/ said I; and when she said 
I just took hoult of her^ and gave her a 
thinking that might not be quite agrcciiblelD 
Mary either, although the more bo» as I*m 
to be a locum tenens ; I must rehearse the diiqg 
regularly before I begin ; faith, and ii*fi a 



THE UNCLE. 113 

diaracter I'm appearing in — a nobleman should 
propose as proud as a peacock. — * Miss Mary/ 
I'd say^ if I were Lord Cubtown, the divil a 
gobetween Fd trouble, * Miss Mary de Burgh, 
Pm penetrated to the depths of my heart by 
your charms ; your something or other charms/ 
whate'd I say ? — * your lovely charms' — no, that 
wouldn't sound well, — ' your irresistible charms/ 
that'd tickle her ; then I'd put my hand on my 
heart, as sincerely as you please, ^ I'm come to 
do you the honour,' — no, *to do myself the 
honour, to have the honour,' — oh ! bad luck to 
the honour, I'd leave it clean out ; she'd 
know his intentions were honourable, I'll go 
bail ; ' I'm come to invite you to be my bride,' 
that'd be very neat; then she'd look down, 
what'ud she say? — she'd say nothing, maybe; 
Mrs. H. said nothing ; to be sure, I stopped her 
mouth in a manner that I suppose they don't prac- 
tice among the nobility. Well, anyhow, that's 
nothing to me what she says, that's her look out, 
shell accept him of course somehow or other ; 



114 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



faith; I wouldn't wonder if she was rehea 
her speech this blessed minute ; 111 go and 
for her this instant.'* He did, and fouo^ itf ] 
alone; and, as Mary nevermentioned either the 
fact of this interview having taken place, or the 
circumstances attending it to any living beioi* 
we must be content with the report of his pi9* 
ceedings that the doctor made to Lord CubtofB 
that evening. 

" My lord/* said he, " I went directly open 
your lordship's business, and I found Mist 
Mary by good luck reading in the saloon." 

" Well, what did she say T 

" Well, then, faith she was rather flustocii; 
she said, ' she must have time to consider ; ^ 
would give an answer in a month or six wccki*' 

''Confound it; there goes the fifteen h» 
dred dead; what did you say to hcTj docttf- 
—how did you do it, eh ? — I shaU not bstt ^ 
do it over again, shall I ?** 

''Indeed, my lord, to tell tha Irtttli and i^ 
lie, I made a slight mistake at startiiigtM 






«P5M,i=d sic ilisirl zz ZLz i.-.z: ;: i 
CocMxaan perircai ; ■ irs j:z ':' sij-t «!; . 
• Ytt, >IisB,' ajs I : :!'L=s Mirr if E - ri. si.^5 
I J 'Ta pezi£cn2fri :: lit t^ £^tcl5 :i -7 
«*n,bj-Tr,arirr6£25Clll= :iir3i. "I ii-'i^ziir- 
itaiid jon, dDctor,* savs sic . * Irrtsistii: 1= :himi . 
■•y* I, for I w^ teni'ilT smii cf Issizz Oie cuc . 
*nd breaking down e::nreiT ; * irresisdblt chim*. 
and I'm come to itvi:* toti to be civ briie," 
'-Wyou mad doctor?' savs she, sLarp-lv, genizj 
up from her chair, and looking as croi^ as a cdt. 
' So, Miss,* says I ; ' I'm not a maJ doctor, I 
never had charge of a lunatic in my life,— ch, 
™ttrder,' says I, * I see the mistake now, it is 



116 



hardness; or, 




a missutidcrstanding, mias^ take notice, H*s ofi 
behalf of my Lord Cubtown, I'm speaking/ ' On 
behalf of Lord Cubtown/ says she ; * what do 
yoQ mean, doctor V * Nothing/ says I, * it u b 
lordship means it, I was only to say it for him.' 

* Am I to understand, then/ says she, n *S 
and cold as a poker^ barring that ibat wm'i 
red-hot sometimes ; * Am I to onderstand thu 
you are the bearer of proposals of marriigfi 
mo irom Lord Cubtown ?* ' Exactly so, 
Burgh,' says I ; and I thought, fiiith, I cio Bb4 
as big a word as you can, any day in the jw- 

* Pm his lordship's extraordinary plcnipol«a- 
tiary. Miss/ says I, * faith, I see that,' sayi ih<i 
and with that she sat down upon the takf* 

* And why would not his lordship come 
says she ; that bothered me a bit, for I 
like to say your lordship was afeard of Itfft 
maybe if she got that into her head, she msfht 
be fractious when she was Lady Cabtown. 
•It's by reason of his respect for you, Bfe* 
says I. • It's a rum way of showing it/ mp A^ 

* Curious way, I think/ she said. * It's tcry 





THB CNCLE. 



117 



delicate of his lordship/ says I; and she 
looked queerly into my face. * It doesn't 
strike me in that point of view/ says she. 
' Take it as it's meant, Miss,' says I j for 
now I'd got the speech over, and my mind at 
ease, I was as sharp as a weasel. ' Take it as it^s 
meant, Miss, true love is always modest;' and 
she looked at me again, no way flatteringly, but 
cross like, as much aa to say, what the divil do you 
know about true love? but I was noway daunted. 
' I hope I'm to bear a favourable answer, Miss, 
Mary,' says I; 'his lordship would break his heart 
if you were to refuse him,' and she smiled a bit, 
so I thought, that's all right, then she looked as 
gr&Te aa a mustard-pot, * Doctor Higgins/ 
said she, ' it is a very serious matter.* ' You may 
Sfty that with your own pretty mouth,' thought 
I ;' Many's the girl that would be just dancing 
shout like mad for joy, for a much less matter/ 
* Viscountess Cubtown indeed, and Countess of 
Mudacre, it is great matter intirely. *I cannot 
undertake,* says she, *to give an answer without 





mc 
mc 

mo] 
I; 

om 

to be 

I sav. 



THZ UNCLE. 



119 



id fortune^ I think Miss Mary might have 
ken you upon trust ; but they are often con- 
raiy creatures about marrying^ those young 
idles." 

"Well, what can't be cured must be en- 
lured ; but I say, doctor, you know when the 
Donth*or six weeks is over, and she's to be 
iked again, you're to do that job too, al) in 
br the hundred." 




im 



BABDKBSS ; OR, 



CHAPTER Vnt 



I 



^* We are, at length, dearest Emily, fiUj 
settled at Carlsbadj though I can hardly ^ 




THE tKCLE, 



121 



a room, sometimes if they want you, but 

jr by mistake for somebody eke's room, 

him eatceedingly. Doctor Higgins says, 

I the wiiters act through a succession of crises ; 

lly know what he means by a succession of 

\, but I do not like a crisis at all» and I 

>t conceive what my uncle wanted with 

^waters ; I never knew him in better health 

when he left England. Indeed, I am 

Mrry that we ever came away from Gan- 

I am sure that he is never so happy as 

; for even in London^ I do not think he 

Iiiwi«<i1f at his ease, and here I am certain 

very uncomfortable* I wish I were back 

I, dear Emily, in Ganton, for I am very 

; I have not found the gay world a 

worldi and yet at Ganton I was as happy 

kc day was long. You would pity me if 

knew the constant utiea&ine6s of mind that 

Fcr, the perpetual yet undefined feeling 

tomething is wrong, that haunts me, and 

cannot conceive what the reason is. Dr. 



THE rKCLE* 



123 



&ay my uncle's animosity against him 
unmitigated ; it is to me most incom- 
lemlble, for I never knew that he bad 
d any plans for Henry^s marriage, and 
be was in snch difficulties, he never ap- 
fid to take the sltghtc&t interest in him. I 
y do think that my poor uncle's disposition 
nging, and for the worse, I shall be very 
when he is in your neighbourhood again, 
>body that I ever saw appeared to have so 
influence over him as your father, and I 
I need not tell you^ dear Emily, that it 
always exerted for the best. Good bye, 
Emily, yours affectionately, 

" Mabt 0b BiTsaK. 

k^.S. I forgot to tell you that there is a Lord 
town here, a friend of my uncle's, rather an 
iort of person, but I am told very clever, of 
we see a great deal," 

icb wag the letter that reached Miss Howard, 
lunton, by a somewhat singular coincidence^ 

o 2 



124 



HAEDIlEaS ; OB, 



on the very morning that his Lordabip deputed 
the offer of his hand and hearty such as ^ 
were, to Dr. Higgins ; and the scene occorred in 
which the doctor fell into the remarkable blufi^ 
of identifying himself with his patron*8 intereit 
to such an extent as to personify him» as b^ 
honestly confessed to his employer, who, it ^ 
have been observed, was a great deal too tkid* 
headed to notice the absurdity of the seen* 
which accompanied his propMJsals. It was cti* 
dent that Mary's mind was ill at ease. 

"She is not happy at Carlsbad," remarkdl 
^Ir. Howard ; '^ that much is manifest. H 
very fallacious are our estimates of other peo] 
happiness! — how many thousands envy her poa 
tion ! — how many thousands would suppose lh«t 
Mary de Burgh^ young* nobly born, beanttiibl, 
with all to all appearance that the world am 
bestow, must enjoy the most perfect homanhap* 
piness ; and yet it is clear from her leUif thu 
she is perfectly wretched, I do not Kke to 
postscript much either : I heard aooMllli 






THE UNCLB. 



125 



Innismore wanting to compel her to marry 

rCubtowD, and I heard a story^ too, about 
being attached to somebody else. When 
^ill people learn that marriage is not a trade ?" 
" Lord Innismore is so proud," observed Mrs. 
Howard; " I can quite understand his being 
ftfeua at the idea of his niece not making a 
iry brilliant match. Have you been to see 
V Hopewell yet V* 

* No," returned Mr. Howard, ** I am going 
ediately after breakfast. I am afraid he is 
y ill indeed ; he has not been out of his room 
ten days. He complains of exceeding 
, of an uneasy senBation, which he says 
lot be described, it must be felt to be under- 
}. It is not pain, it is something worse than 
, more distressing. He complains of want 
r sleep, and what he does get is disturbed and 
tirefrcshing ; and that hia strength is failing 
itn day by day. We must hope for the best, but 
confess that I entertain the most gloomy appre* 
maions* I am almost afraid he ha^ killed him- 
hard reading." 



126 HA1U>NESS ; OKj 

" I think he is dying of a broken heatr" 
thought Emily Howard, as her ikther k^tir 
house J to visit his sick coadjutor. A mcUncboly 
scene presented itself to Mr. Howard, upon b 
arrival at the curate's humble residence. Ti^t 
house of sickness is never one towards wUdt 
men bend their steps willmgly, but on tlw 
occasion it was peculiarly mournful. Evra 
during the short time that he had lived in b» 
new parish^ Mr. Hopewell had attached tbf 
simple family of the honest farmer, in wboA 
house he lodged^ to himself, with a fervoor oi 
aHection which none but the truly good irc 
capable of exciting. That very mofning iIk 
medical man who had attended him, and wbc 
had long known that there was not the reaaolcst 
chance of prolonging his life beyood a le* 
weeks, had observed such symptons as mm^ 
him that the mournful scene was drttwing lait la 
a close; and had announced to the sorrov- 
stricken family that Mr. Hopewell waa in scriflo* 
and immediate danger* He CQold not bdof 



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127 



iself to tell the whole of the terrible truth at 
00069 but proceeded to Mr. Howard*s^ to inform 
him of the real state of the case. Having, how- 
ever, another patient to v'isit, which took him a 
round out of the direct way between the houses 
of the two clergymen » he did not meet that 
gentleman on the road ; and ^Ir. Howard en- 
tered the sick man's house without being tho- 
roughly aware that his fellow -labourer was on 
the very threshold of eternity. The rough 
farmer could not help wiping away a tear with 
the sleeve of his coat, as the minister entered. 
The good dame, generally active, cheerful^ and 
tmttlingy went through the household business 
Id a melancholy silence. One little girl of about 
seven years old was sitting in a corner, crying 
bitterly ; she was the good curate's pet. The 
aged grandmother was reading at the window ; 
tbe huge clasped volume she was reverently 
tludying told truly where the experience of 
fourscore years had taught her to seek conso- 
lation^ when her heart was heavy. With noise- 



\2S 



hardness; or. 



less tread the eldest girl led Mr. Howard to the 
darkened chamber of the dying man, and be 
looked at the bed with horror. A single glance 
at the sunken cheek , the eye glittering in dc* 
lirium, the air of proat ration, assured him of the 
fearful advance the destroyer had made in tk 
last twenty-four hours ; and as he listened to the 
few words the stifferer uttered^ the sad conrictioo 
forced itself upon his unwilling mind that tk 
poor man's mind was now wandering. Ibo^ 
herent exclamations would sometimes escape 
from his Hpsy and sometimes he would break oat 
into verse. It seemed as if the labour of 
times returned firom time to time to his meosor^t 
and mingled in a sort of dreamy rhapsody, ifi 
which the idea of hia approaching end mani- 
festly predominated. ■ 

"Dark, gloomy portal/' said he> mttrmmittg 
to himselfy as unconscious of the preseott ^ 
any one else, **that even now openest to oe 
those dismal doors whence none retam; vlij 
art thou so fearful in the eyes of man? Hsv 



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long will the weakness of the flesh war with 
the high aspirings of the immortal spirit ? — how 
long will they that ought to exult in their com- 
iDg freedom, in an immortality of liberty, hanker 
after the bondage of the flesh ? — how long will 
they cling to a contemptible life ? — is it life ? — 
no, a mere existence, like unto the beasts of the 
field. — ^Ye clouds that veil the tabernacle of 
^^eniity, ye are very murky — dark shadows of 
^Btrror, I fear ye not — ^see — ^a gleam from their 
^kible bo«om» — was that light? — lo! — a flash — 
again^-there — it pierces, it spreads, it widens, it 
pr evaiU— the clouda roll back away and away.. — 
I tee the coming brightness of glory — I see the 
bet%*enly host — rank upon rank — in countless 
■laamber — in spotless whiteness — in incflable 
nqrlendour! — lo! the garments of heaven — the 
^%raBchc8 of palm — the golden pavement — tlie 
jadiper and the onyx — the sapphite and the dia- 
mond — the emerald and the beryl, gleaming in 
the frun of suns — not the poor tributary that 
ihjjics on mau*9 weaknesSi but the mighty foun* 




130 



HABDNESS; OR, 



taia of being — the eternal Lord of LigKt— 
Hark to the hallelujahs — the voice of praise— 
the voice of love — the voice of heaven— the 
angel's melody of thanksgiving — ^the glad ba^ 
mony of the universe — that was, and is, and 
ever shall be — unceasing^ — unchanging — imnr- 
ing — ^unerring; — thou, too, grey chronicler- 
dread scribe — that keepeth the book of Ufe bm 
age to age — li thy task so soon done ?— tttsi 
thou closed thine awful record of sad days?— 
pointed thou to thy right hand ? — lo ! I come, 1 
come 4 Hosanna to the highest ; Lord, now lettest 
thou thy servant depart in peace. — O grtTc 
where is thy victory ? — O death, where is thj 
sting?" Exhausted by the effect, he fell back 
upon the bed, but in a few minutes more, ht 
sat up once again. 

'^I publish the banns of marriage beivcflB 
Bobert Hopewell and Arabella Johnaoiit fadk 
of this parish y if any of you know cftoit cr 
just impediment why these two persons siboolA 
not be joined together in holy ssatriiDOByp |v 



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131 



are to declare it ; this is the third time of ask- 
ing. Who talks of marrying or giving in mar- 
riage? — me — ^me ; — I have no part in it ; no, — I 
am the resurrection and the life — ^that he shall 
itand at the latter day upon the earth. — Man 
that is bom of a woman, hath but a short time 
to live, and is full of misery, he cometh up, and 
ifi cut down like a flower ; — ashes to ashes, 
dust to dust ;'' and again he sank exhausted 
on the bed, IMr. Howard left the house, with 
e most melancholy forebodings^ and soon after 
met the medical man who was attending the 
pttient. 

I am afiraid/* said the physician, " that the 
woTBt is to be anticipated ; the state in which I 
found Mr. Hopewell, is that which generally 
preoedoB dissolution ; he may possibly become 
sensible towards evening, but 1 very much 
doubt his living over the night. I shall visit 
him every two or three hours ; but I must tell 
you^ Mr, Howard, that I have not the slightest 
shadow of hope remaining; his surviving this 



'\ on 
Pth 




132 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



t 

I 



«ttadc would be a miracle, and joa may depend 
upon it there is some secret cause behind m\aA 
we do soi know, and probably could not ttmtiy, 
if we did* In some shape or other, it is lib 
mind that is killing him.^ Xhej parted, asti 
after risiting a few of his paiishiODera* Mr. 
Howard returned lo his post : he foind 
the sick man stretched upon the bed hm 
whence he was not to rise, pluoged in aa un- 
quiet sleep — all around was still I — the wicei 
of the inhabitants of that house of mounuii^ 
were hushed, lest they might disturb even thst 
imperfect repose ; and as Mr. Howard took liifi 
seat by the bedside, big tears gushed unbidda) 
Irom his eyes. Hours passed away» and a fitfnl ^ 
and uorcfreshing slumber closed the eyes of die ^ 
sufferer, though it did not appear that lu» 
weary spirit had rest; his lips moved, he eoa- 
stantly shifted his portion with an ittieesy n«t* 
lesaneas; and towards sunset, witboitt his ip 
pearing to wake, the incoherent sounds dol 
escaped from his lips became man md 



THB UNCLE. 



133 



fNum* 



articulate as he murmured in his feverish dele- 
It was a fearful subject that now occupied 
his mind; and it had evidently had been the 
theme upon which his muse had exercised her- 
self formerly, for he mingled with his ravings 
scraps and fragments of verse. 
, ** Lo ! the terrible day cometh — the day of the 
darkness of the univei"se; — the world's founda- 
tions tremble ; — hark to the trump that calls the 
dead, — mens* hearts failing them for fear — the 
Aeft and waves roaring, — the grave opens, — the 
deep gives up its dead, — the dry bones are 
gathered together. Lo ! I see the judgment 
is set, and the books are opened; they stand 
around in numbers, like the sands of the sea, — 
where shall the guilty cover his head from the 
wrath to come ? 



** L«, on his conquering 
Thr pale ftnti ghastly hone, 

With Hi« crowned, yet hideous rider, vtarting ; 
Now in hit de»dtied hour, 
Clothed ntlh reKtatle7«« power, 

Widi his btrbed Uticc, all oiortal tie« disparting. 




"Beix-wi ra?r 






•!!• 



ftajgncvc. 



idH 



BE»ft 



THE ^NCLE. 



135 



And the angel of death hath closed hi» course. 
And difmoimted at length from hia skeleton horse, 
For hiB work is done, 
beauty's eye ia dim, and hope for ever flown, 
Ambition is no more, and love, and bate are gone; 
Mute ia the sage's voice, and hushed ilie mlnstrers lay, 
j!>c power and pride of man are for ever passed away . 

who build upon tltc aand have perished in the shock, 
And they alone are safe who have built upon the rock. 



'*Aks« alas! for those who have built upoa 
tlie sand* hare the wise men of yore no better 
hope ?^-did yebuild upon the sand — time-honour- 
ed priests of Isis? — were those mighty princSples^ 
darkly yeiled in obscure symbols, secrets in the 
keeping of the wise, were they delusions ? — dwel- 
lers on the bank9 of the noble river, whose 
yearly rising ye converted into a theocracy 
of itself, ye who, with jealous care, permitted 
no mortal to assume the place of divinities, 
where are your awful shadows now ? — the 
tecrets ye so carefully concealed in your im- 
penetrable hieroglyphicsi where are they^^ 
* Ye, too^ hoary sages of Iban» expotinders of 



\x 



KAEDXCSS; OR, 



the Zexdavesta, is your war of principki, 
dread combat, whose appointed period Okvct? 
and AsKniAX have even now but half aoooo- 
plished, » U a dream? — ^wonhippen of %lt 
that bowed before the sun, the emblefn d 
all pontv, all good, has Zoroastsk erred !^ 
and fc^ loDg-descended priests^ ft^loweo oT 
the penrading Brahma, dwellers by the tnigbty 
Ganges, are V ishxu and Siva shadows !— Hidi 
the sitter on the Lotus no strength ? — await jt 
yet ibr the tenth A^'atar in Tain ; the Kalsi* 
which the preserver k to destroy rvil ! Thos 
too^ Max God of the unchanging East, iccar- 
nate Buddha, whose mind, as thy wor»hippai 
fondly affirm^ equals the mighty ocean in 
grandeur, hundreds of millioos fbQow tliee, 
even now, — thousands of millioos havt vor* 
fibtpped Sit thy temples, are they built upm tb« 
sand ?— AVbere are the gross concepdooi oi tW 
sages of Greece and Borne, that debased tilt 
purer, the brighter, the nobler pnnciplw ^ 
Egypt and Iran dimly shadowed ibnli» ^ 



i 



TH£ VSCIX, 



137 



dghty e^erkstiQg power of reproduction that 
le world rests oq ? Ye that elevated your heroes 
the heavens, and brought down jour gods 
to the earth, ye have no part in the truth." 
[ere came a momentary pause ; it seemed as 
some strong emotion was stirring in the 
it of the dreamer, and his words came 
clear and distinct as he proceeded. ** And 

JKh0tt> KIKG OF THE FIEHCE COUNTENANCE, that 

iderstandeth dark sentences^ thou mighty 
>r> that hath grafted thy pobonoiis branch 
»D the tree of life* thou that hath arrayed 
truth under the banners of falsehood ; ** there 
no God but God, and Mahomet is his pro- 
the last and the greatest who has sealed 
le booki begun by Adam, Noah, Abraham, 
Jesus, whose blood • stained aposlies 
iTed of yore thy ghastly standard in the 
ragged valley of the Pyrennees, by the dark 
rolHog Danube, on the soaring Atlas, and on the 
honoured waves of the Brahmin*s river — the holy 
I, — even now thou haisteneth to thy ap- 



138 



HAKDNBSS; OR, 



pointed time ; has truth indeed been comi 
to thy keeping) is the corn yet in the chafl? — Thj 
hour b at hand, L«rd of Islam, I see tic 
crescent wane — I see tJie great river Enphrate* 
dried up, — I see the way of the kings of the 
East prepared. Render up thy honoured 
charge, gloomy Caspian, — Jcdah cftUs u]>oo 
I&RASL9 and thy dark shores ansver in a yw» 
long unheard, — is Ephraim calling nponSkfof 
Alas ! that my eyes shall not see the gObcnm; 
upon the^ — *' here he suddenly started ttp, *^ 
stretched out his hand» as if grasping at B0IB^ 
thing ; *' Sit down here/' he said ; ** aec by the 
side of the bed ; you cannot loTc that tbooglitfa* 
youth ; — set by me^ Arabella, and we viH U& 
of our coming happiness." He looked iriMiji 
round, did not seem to recognise Mr. Howwdt 
and l3ring down again, slept. His sleep vu wm 
realy the regular breathing and tranqaii sltunbrr 
continued for several hours, and Mr, Howinl. 
unwilling to disturb the repose he ao mwA 
wanted, and indeed periectly conscicras, AM ia 



THE tJlTCLB. 



139 



his then state of mind all attempts at convcrsiDg 
with him would he in vain, returned sadly lo 
his home. 

»At midnight^ a messenger came with a note 
from the medical man, requesting his presence im- 
mediately^ as Mr, Hopewell had awakened in that 
full possession of his senses, that in the opinion 
of the surgeon, betokened the immediate ap- 
proach of death. He found the sufferer per- 
6cdj conscious, but manifestly sinking rapidly, 
he was calm and resigned, the battle was over, 
nature exhausted had yielded to the destroyer, 
and a few minutes of tranquillity preceded the 
sad termination of the strife. The venerable 
pastor administered the last rites of the church 
10 the dying man, and the latter, propped up 
with cushions, faintly begged that he would not 

£e him for a few minutes. 
A very few minutes," he said, "are all 
I shall ask of you : I feel death creeping 
along each limb, even now, Mr. Howard ^*' and 
ihst good man shuddered^ for the hand he 




140 



hardness; CjR, 



griped was icy cold ; '* a few minulfi 
and I shall eiit«r into everlasting rest, it| 
a blesaed releaae,— Oh! Mr, Howard, if 
knew the misery I have undergone ance 
June, you would rejoice as I do, that it 
pleased the Lord to take me from this wcMf 
this scene of sorrow. Mr. Howard, they ^'itt 
tell you, that I read myself to deathi — ^that mjr 
brain was overstrained, beHeve them not; il 
ever man so died, I die of a broken heart.— Ofc 
Arabella, Arabella — Oh, my God f my God ! h 
thee, oh Lord, have I put my trust." — ^A suddo 
glance lit up his eye — his lips quivered— hi 
face collapsed — his fingers moved^ as if graspioj 
at something— his eyes became fixed,— dii 
— ^he lay still — his sorrows were over 
trials passed, — he had found rest. Mr. He 
bent over the body for a moment, a 
glance satisfied him that death was 
'• Blessed are they that die in the Lord/' fijtere* 
he, as he closed the eyes of the BBOKIJI 

HEARTED. 



1 

3 




THE U^'CLEt 



HI 



CHAPTER IX. 



lEB heV a Sunday man, oiy lord/' said 
driver of the car upon which Lord Dunlara 
Willy — after a fortnight's delay in Galway 
matters connected with fitting out the yacht 
rhich^ though reported by their agent then 
'ready for sea^ they found almost dismantled — 
were entering the wilds of Connemara, in an- 
swer to a question put by the young nobleman 
fespecting the owner of a house not far from the 
mtif whoso peculiarly deserted and lonesome 
aspect had attracted their notice. 

*' What is a Sunday man T asked Dunkra, 



142 



HARDNESS ; OR, 



" A Sunday man» as they call them down la 
these parte," returned the driver ; *' it ia a gen- 
tleman, my lord, that the attorneys have been 
asking afther ; till it*s more agreeable to him to 
take the air on a Sunday than on week days/* 

*' What, you mean when there are writs ort 
against him V* 

" Well then, my lord, I'm thinking it 
not be quite convanient for him to be shakog 
hands with the sheriff." 

« AVhy, I thought the king's writ did not i^ 
in Connemara ?'* said Willy* 

" Faith, it runs fast enough now, your houoaff 
along with the roada and the poUs, though tk 
boys it's out for can run faster than k tomit' 
times ; but the country isn't the same il all, H 
all, since Dick Martin died.— 'God rat Ui 
soul!" 

Here he stopped at a cottage ooostraoteii of 
loose stones, with a sort of plaster of lioe ui 
mud driven into the intersticea, and ezcbiVg^ 
a few words in Irish with a yottDg 



4 



TU£ UNCLE. 



143 



iparently between sixteen and seventeen! but 
fith a child in her arms. 

A pretty girl that," observed Willy to his 
irother, as they drove oflf» *' I wonder if that 
child*ti her own ?'* 

t" Oh ! faith Tl] go bail it's her ovm anyhow, 
rtir honour,*' interrupted the carman, " every 
ch of it," 
'* Why^ do you mean to say that she ia mar* 
ried?" 
H " 'De€:d and I do, your honour. Divil a soul 
in the barony has a better right to say that than 
myself." 

(** What I is she your wife ?" 
I •• She is, six, for want of a better/' 
" Well, you've settled yourself in life in good 
time." 

" Sure, Tm two-and-twenty, my lord," an- 
swered the man, apparently somewhat astoniihed 
•t the idea that he could be single. " I'm two- 
•nd-twenty, and it'a time I had a woman to look 
after the house*" 



144 



HA.RDXFSS ; OR, 



" Well, I'm two-and-iwenty, too, aod naoff? 
said Dunlara ; '' bat I have not treated myielf 
to a wife yet*' 

** Oh, no !" returned the driver, ** sure thi 
quality may please themselves ; your lordsbip 
has no call to marry at all^ if you doa^t Uke it; 
but what would the likes of as do when «t 
are broken and past our work if we had"^ 
married when we were young ; sure we'd hAte 
no childer to support us in our old age. Faith, 
it would be begging from door (o door we*d be; 
— it would be a poor case if a boy hadn*t a wijf 
and childer to look to." 

" Then," asked Dunlrun, " do people marn 
here who have absolutely nothing ?" 

•* To be sure they do/* returned the eannaa . 
"they're just the boys that do marry; tlwy 
cannot be worse off than they are you know, Df 
lord, and they can help one another a hit*" 

" But you are well off in the world ; thti c<r 
of yours must be a great help ! I sappooa f^ 
got a fortune with your wife T* 



THE UNCLE. 



145 



'Deed I did, your honour, an elegant for- 
a cow and two pigs, and a bed, and a chest 
of drawers ; and an elegant wedding it was as 
yoa set eyes on. There was thirty *seven 
ids collected for the priest." 
*hey drove on now for some time in silence, 
Dunlara was somewhat struck with the 
>u» fium paid to the priest, which, how- 
% the honest driver probably had not ex- 
ited ; and rather astonished by the new 
iciples of domestic economy developed in the 
rer's observations on the subject of marriage, 
Bch were entirely at variance with his English 
Ions, that the early marriages of the Irish 
»uring daw^ were the result of improvidence, 
Hto direct contrary appearing to be the case ; — 
^Kf the carman's idea of the necessity of mar- 
king early was evidently founded on the con- 
sideration that a support in old age would be 
thereby assured, a very general motive for 
among the Irish peasantry ; and Willy 



146 



HARDNESS : OR, 



had established a cigar, so he was boxy, in^ 
could not be bothered talkiog. 

** There are the Hags* towers, your honour," 
at last the carman said, pointiDg to a oonpte of 
dilapidate and ruinous square tower* in the 
direction of Lough Corrib, which appevcd lo 
stand and nod to their fall, within a £ew tudt 
of one another ; " those towers was left in tbe! 
ould times betwixt two sisters, hohtaKw, jo» 
honour, and they could not agree by ao mueft 
GO they each tuck a tower, and they did be 
abusing and scouldiog one another o<at of tlit 
windeys, until one day one of them died of tbe 
anger, and the other gave such a •creech for 
joy that she bruck a bloodTea&el, and the ctitto 
have been called the Hags' Towers erer mst 
They daren't bury them together ; TU en^ 
they would have had a fight under gioitadi tf 
they had. This is MoycuUeai your hopoiff " 
MoycuUen consisted of seren housei^ vii. ivf 
whiskey shops, a police- nation, and a hooM It 
let. There were cross-roadt, kowerVt ^^^' 



t 



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THE UXCLE. 



147 



and a road is a rare thing in Connemara, let 
alone cross-roads, four of them. ** That's the 
botelt your honour, where the officers breakfast, 
on the road to Oughterard," continued he, point- 
ing Co a cabin with a broken jug in the windoiv, 
•* well give the poor baste a taste of meal my 
lord^if you plase." 

" What, have they troops up here ?" asked 
WiUy. 

*' Yes. your honour, the landlord afore the 
Union gave the govemmeot a lease for ever of 
a bit of ground to build a barrack upon, at 
Onf^terard, on condition that they should al- 
wap have throops in it ; so they are obliged to 
have soldiers always there.** 

** Then the landlord made a good bargain of 
that," observed Willy. 

** Faith he did, your honour, for the ground 
waa a rock, you could not have fed a sparrow off 
it, and the soldiers do a dale of good for the 
tomi. It's down by the lake side, it is, your 
honour ; faith it's a great lake, too. Lough Cor* 

h2 



148 



HARDSBSS ; OE. 




rib* JjOfO^ Ifaik miis into it under the 
Iff a bolj lake; there's an island on it fiar 
every diy in tbe jear, and tbcie do be pemb 
ionad m it. Now, mj lord^ if yon plase ;^ md 
away tlier went, 

«« I was thinking," said Donlaia to Willr, 
^* that it would not be a bad plan after we bad 
orefkankd ibe ooMt here, instead of 
br luid. to go al aact round C^>e Clear* 
Mtomitib Hairy, by walking into bis retreH 
Keniw o t th aonm toe laondng. Isbocddliked 
see bow be geCa on as a Benedict.*' 

" Very slowly, I should think,' 
Willy, in whose eyes matrimony waa a speaei 
of mental intennent^ — an exchange of Hie 6t 
existence, animation for Tegetation. '^ I do s<( 
understand at all how fellows get on wktt 
they're spliced. -What in ^e worid ibey (« 
do with themselves all the day long, and I sop* 
poee Mis, Hany does not stand cigars. If ^ 
could afford to keep a drag, it woold be vmAa 
thing, he would have some inlemt in life thoa 



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THB UNCLB. 



149 



but really, as things go now, I sbould think 
that he must be ready to drown himself. Poor 
fellow ) I wish we had him here." 

" It's just possible, observed Dunlara, " that 
he may like being at home with his wife." 

"Not he, he's not such a spoony; he was 
one of the fastest fellows in the regiment, though 
thej thought he had more than his share of leave 
an the same* Everybody thought, when they 
lieard he was floored, that he would do some- 
thing plucky, and they were talking of a 3ub> 
tcription to set him with a fast coach on the 
Brighton road. That would have been some* 
thing Uke life. I say, old fellow, I want a 
Ught." 

** in get you a turf in a minnit, your honour," 
answered the carman, as he pulled up opposite 
a straggling farm-house that stood about a hun- 
dred yards from the road ; and, jumping down, 
he prepared to fulfil his promise. 

" Why, man, how are you to get there T* 
asked Willy in astonishment, for there was not 



ISO 



BitftHKI 



Oil, 



of • road leadiog to tke cec- 



Qkl qiute lisT, toot hoooar, nerer fetf/ 

&e asa; md taldiig a short mn, de«nd 

Cteh Ifcit cepmled the £eld firon the nmi, 

of some difficulties nbed ly 

viH tint stood in hb vajt b}- kick* 

cnoiigk of it to make a piacljcifcig 

in a ^Mfft time feOtmed with lk 

Irish Ugbl&r a pipe or 

9 a hit of iHMiiklBnBg litrl* 

VThj does not that feUow make a road up 

Willy, as they 




k pipe or 

i 

road up V 



**b it that the argent might dhri^ his ^if op 
ta the do«r» to rmse ^ riBir momed dke wBt 
wMt a fii%lil smSe at the qoetlstV ignorsncs; 
" §mk^ it voiild be a dear road thst. jmf 
hmam. Fm thiakiag be d be glad tt» bdU 
it «p a^iiB, lAlMr tin Bmt rint-day. That'i 
AQdieiiwa, jmr hcmmr^ the odd castle thsft 
beyaat; tbatV wbeie the faociOQi OTbhotisi 

•d to Ure m the odd timea. Mauris the 



THE tJWCLB, 



151 



hung fipom that tower. The river rum 
under it, your honour ; and if they had a pri- 
soner they wanted to put out of the way quietly, 
they just took him into a room over it, where 
there was a bit of a hole in the floor, and popped 
him in. Divil a much more was heard of him, 
jarring what the gillaroo trout could have told, 
^^K they could spake, aa they said some of them 
BKould in the ould time. It's tumbled into the 
water since, that room^ bad luck to it* They 
»ay the cook used to gaE salmon through that 
aame hole in the floor : it was a short leap for 
the poor creatures, from the river to the pot. It 
was a great name, 0*Flahertie ; they own all the 
country far Connaught and Connemara up to 
Joyce's country." 

" Why," said Dunlara, *' I thought this part 
of the country belonged pnncipally to the Mar- 
tins T 

" The Martins have got a hould of the land 
DoWy your honour, but the country belongs to 
the OTlaherties when ould Ireland gets her 



HAADITBSS; OR, 

; tbe OTkboties and the O'Kelln m 
tke ugfA ovnen.** 

** I Ap o ld he miaid thev would find «« 
1 getting p ow c iti w i^" otwrred Dna- 
m had abetdj heard of the sb^ 
widi ifhk^ die Irish peasant sdcki '» 
Ht at aome time or other the !iai 
be taken from its present poeecssors, &>^ 
to the ordinal GaeUc aepts^ wbicb 9 
tlie ItiA raadiiigof chat UttJenndeistood pism 
-gett^Aeir rights," 

**]>ml a bit»isj lofd,** returned the mu. 
haven^ thej the titles and mspf all tmS^ 
the good tiiaie cocoea?— itll heu ifff» 
a galkiik of whiikej ; itil be a gtc^ 
daj for Irekad. That's Oaghccftrd, jov 
Immut ; which kotd will I dhrire to, PJ 
laid?'' 

Not beii^ learned in those mattets, the dni^ 
of the hau^ waa left to the drirer, whow ^* 
uom was, with characteristic cbarityt gorenic^^ 
die ooDsidezatkNit that one was kept hfa ^' 



THE UNCLE. 



153 



romaD, whither he accordingly drove; and the 
brothers were put up in a thatched cottage, con- 
ling, besides the kitchen, a sitting-room, and 
■ee bed-rooms, and the prettiest girl they had 
since they had left London. A serious 
(question now arose, as to how they were to sup- 
life, potatoes were plenty, so was salt, but 
being market-day, there was no fresh meat 
the village. There was a rumour of some 
lalt pork near the barracks^ but it was unsup- 
ported by mustard, so that would not do ; there 
bftd been a gUlaroo trout caught yesterday^ but 
it was eateuy so it was no use thinking of it; 
nobody knew of there being any eggs in the 
neighbourhood, and it was certain there was no 
bacon ; there were some salt herrings, but the 
objection of there being no mustard, was fatal to 
them ; finally, Willy descried a kid, rather 
verging on goathood, which with military 
promptitude he purchased, and it was forthwith 
ilain for their dinner. Whilst it was preparing, 
strolled about the village^ a long, straggling 

h5 




154 



HAKDNESS; OR, 



aMcmblage of houses, whose most rcmirbllbk 
features were, as b bow generaUj the case a 
Ireland, the new chapel and the piwl'* boon,] 
which latter was elegantly designed* and 
fully situated at the entrance of a little 
close to the inn, which was abruptly closed by 
water-fall* around whose rocky banks thej 
served several of the country people dnstere^^ 
in manifest anxiety. Upon approaching the 
spot» they found the waterfall was divided 
the middle by a rock, which, serving tt 
stepping-stone, enabled the people to 
river at pleasure^ and that a design on the pin 
of the landlord of draining the bog above 
which would necessitate removing this rocl 
the cause of the assemblage^ which was 
an excited one, and was unanimous on tbe 
point, that "God Almighty never would hzn 
put that rock there if he had not intended it to 
remain there ;** and^ in fact^ none of the la- 
bourers of the country could be got to assist ifl 
its removal. 



ove la^ 



TBS T7XCLE. 



155 



I 



" It would be a pity," said Dunlara, " it is 
reallT a pretty little place ; this pine-skirted 
rallcr, with its waterfall. What is the name of 
this place T* asked he of one of the peasantry, 
who had broken up their council and were 
returning home* 

"That's Mr. Martinis gate-house, your ho- 
wmty they call it," 

** Mr. Martin's gate -house ! why, we're not 
aear BalUnahinch, are we ?*' 

** No, your honour, but youVe come on Mr. 
Martin's land now, and it is all his you'll be on 
nzitil you get to the castle*** 

** To BalUnahinch ; how far is itT 

" Five-and-twenty miles, your honour." 

** Well, that is a long approach," said Dun- 
liira. " Willy, I should like to make some fiir- 
iker enquiries about that kid, I am as hungry as 
ft hawk." 

A man who is as hungry as a hawk, can dine 
off a kid* The two brothers made a hearty re- 
pattf moistened by a reasonable proportion of 



156 



UARDXESS; OS, 



mountain dew, which had never rendaredtiDto 
Ciesar the thiogs that were C«sar*s. Hm 
Willy's lameness occasioned a delay of t few 
days ; and when at last they decided upon pro- 
secuting their journey, it rained lO iimousl^ 
all that day, that they voted stardng oixt of ^t 
question; and on retiring to rest, they foiin^ 
that the over zeal of their fair hostess W 
heaped a pile of turf upon a somewhat udoc- 
cessary fire, that rendered the best betl-rootn, in 
which Dunlara was to sleep, something like ib^ 
oven. The fire was removed; but the heal, md 
the smell of smoke, could not, and he aroke» 
heated and feverish, Willy had got np bcfcrt 
him, and when he descended, was leaning out 
of the parlour window. An old beggar^woutfo* 
who had been pestering him for something ^ 
buy tobacco, had however at last exhausted hif 
patience, and he hastily withdrew his heid, is<l 
shut down the window. 

" Well, the Lord be praised I God Abnigbty 11 



I 



maA 



THB UNCLE. 



157 






that to you some day,'* muttered the crone, 
just as Dunlara entered the parlour, 

* Willy, I have a great mind to bathe," said 

; " Fm very heated." 
Done with you, old fellow," answered 
Willy, " well have a dive for pearb. Vm 
told there are stacks of them in Lough Cor* 

As they left the inn, they encountered the 
old beggar-woman at the door, who scowled 
malignantly at them, but said nothing* As she 
entered the kitchen, however, she sniHed the air 
for a moment, — " Don't you smell the clay, Miss 
Biddy?" said she. 

** No," answered the girl, '* what clay ?" 

•* The clay upon those two strangers," said 
the old woman; " faith, I smell it plain enough ; 
it's not long they'll be above ground." 

" Och, for shame» to be talking io that way, 
Judy. Long life and happiness to them ! *deed 
and I wish more of those sort of gentleman 
would be coming here ; iCb them that we want 



I 

III 



lamen 
Lake. 



\' 




CHAPTER X. 



The port of Antwerp once more was ho- 
noured with the presence of the Earl of Innis- 
more and mite, on his return to England; his 
trip to Carlsbad, so far from having been bene- 
ficial to him, had been, on the contrary, exceed* 
ingly prejudicial ; he had been obliged to leave 
off drinking the water long before he had com- 
pleted the usual course, by violent palpitations 
in the heart, which were invariably brought on 
by the slightest excitement ; his general health 
had suffered ; his temper, as may be supposed, 
had not improved, he was more peremptory and 




IbO 



hardness; or, 



irritable than ever ; and Mary iras not sorty 
when she foand herself on board the steamer 
that was to take them to England, which was 
singular^ inasmuch as most young ladies deteit 
steamers and returning to England. The doctor 
ivas of course in attendance, somewhat ahaahed 
at the failure of his chosen Carlsbad in restoring 
his noble patient to the health he had nevfr 
lost ; but comforting hiro«elf with the idea, th^ 
his services would now be more indispensMs 
than ever. Lord Cub town was also with the' 
party J awaiting the decision of his ricarioos 
proposition with what resignation he cocdd] 
muster, and consoling himself with the ttBitc* 
tion, that even if rejected, he would smothirr 
hk sorrow in the construction of a new drag. 
which he would drive about the park every 
week-day, and down to Richmond every Sun* 
day, in token of his contempt for the sex : to $xf 
nothing of certain meedngs, noctee ambrosiaiHi. 
devoted to the discussion of brandy ^and -water, 
and oddsj and stories of a peculiar characi 




THE JTSCUL, 



161 



id devilled kidneys, and race -horses, and 
titled porter, and fast coaches, and steeple- 
iSy and grilled bones, and mains, and nicks, 
id such-like agreeable subjects. 
Lord B}rron says in Childe Harold,— 

** ThCTe w a Tery life in mvt despair." 

Lord Cabtown improved upon it, he gave the 
panage a new reading, — 

♦'There Ib a very leaf in our despair/' 



his version ; if the altar of Hymen was not 
to be decked for him, still, by a merciful dis- 
pensation of Providence, the god carried a 
torch, and would not refuse him a light for his 
Cigar. 

With regard to poor Mary, she was in as 
perplexed a state of mind as ever was young 
lady; her uncle having first insisted upon her 
giving up Walter, and receiving Lord Cub- 
town as a suitor, now turned round, declared 



162 



HARDNEfiS ; om, 



that he would not loBueQce her choice in uy 
manner, it was her business, she must 
it herself, and so depriTed her of the a* 
cuse she had made to herself^ that she 
acting under \m compulsion. Her indiffereBOlj 
to Lord Cubtown was rapidly changing 
aversion; for that young gentleman, not 
longer feeling the dread of having to make lot 
proposal hanging oTer his head, had beoom 
hideously at his ease before her, and daily d»» 
veloped some fresh trait of vulgarity or sel&h* 
ness ; he likewise had got into a familiar way 
of talking to her maid, wbich was not p&rtica- 
larly Battering to the mistress ; he thought it 
necessary also, from time to time, for the appeir* 
ance of the thing, to whisper confidentiallj in 
Mary's ear, some remark or other that mi^ 
have been posted at Lloyd's for any thing of 
secrecy that it possessed ; and, in shorty it tool 
his titles and estates, her vanity and interest, 
formidable alhes sJl to his cause, to enable her 
to entertain his suit at all. The par^ em* 



THE UNCLE. 



163 



'ked as usual in a prodigious hurry, bundled 
on board without looking either to the right 
hftnd or the left. Mary went below ; she did 
not exactly know why, but supposed it was to 
look at her berth, and on deck the usual preli- 
miaaries of starting were gone through; at 
\A'Z P.M,, the boards were dragged on to the 
wharf^ a rope or two fell heavily into the water, 
there was a splashing and paddling, a shouting 
and chattering, and away went the steamer. 

Mary, havbg completed certain arrange- 
ments about twelve or fourteen work-baskets, 
reticules, bags of worsted or lamb's-wool, or 
whatever it is that they do pictures upon canvass 
with, which are the travelling comforts of ladies, 
(and the scourge of the gentlemen who attend 
Ihem,) returned upon deck ; they were proceed- 
iog rapidly on their voyage, had the tide 
with them, little or no wind, and had already 
cleaj^ed the town, with every prospect of a &* 
Tourable voyage, when her eye fell upon a 
gentleman who was standing at the stern, gazing 



1 

^ 



164 



HABBNSeS; on. 




upon the receding cathedral. His back f» 
turned to her at the moment, but there arc WDf 
whose figures are ae familiar to us as theb lioes, 
we recognize the air as readily as the feattim 
Mary felt something like a choking aeniitiofi 
in her throat as she gazed upon the 
she went hastily up to her uncle, who wai ai 
dose to him, 

** Who is that, uncle T* she whispered* 
" How in the world am I to know/* aoi 
the peer» peevishly, casting a careless glaooe tt 
the unconscious object of her curiosity, 
not the way bill — caunot be answerable for 
names of the passengers ;*' and Mary sat do«f 
by his side in silence, and almost trembling ^ 
tbe suspicion that agitated her mind, — dotibl, 
fear, were at work in her heart, and jei ooe 
more emotion, could it be that that was hope? 
Her eyes were fixed upon the scene — the J&sd 
was now cleaving the waters with a tremendooi 
velocity — the city and its towers lessened iwl 
and lessened — the Gothic fretwork of tbe catlic- 



1 



THE UNCLE. 



165 



pTh 



dral became less distinguishable every moment, 
— the stranger turned slowly round, and Walter 
Waverton stood before Mary de Burgh. 
I It was an awkward and embaiTassing meeting 
for both parties, neither liked to address the 
other, each looked nervously down, when Lord 
Innismore disposed of the matter ; and his 
** How do you do, Mr. Waverton T' reestablished 
the communications between them. Still W^a- 
verton felt that it was impossible that he should 
converse as with an indififerent person, with 
either the guardian who had so cruelly rejected 
him, or the young lady who had so readily 
sacrificed him ; and after a few enquiries touch- 
ing their health and plans, and a few answers 
with respect to his own> he walked forwards. 

e had had his adventure, and his escape too. 

e ascendancy which Mrs. Campbell was ra- 
pidly acquiring over him, has already been 
femarked, and it was not in that lady's charac- 
ter to suffer it to be diminished by any want of 
exertion or observation on her part. Lord John 




166 



HARDKUSS; OR, 



Delavars threatened visit came not, that noUe 
lord haviDg metal more attractive at Baden ; tad 
the idea of consoling himself for Mary's fickle- 
ness, in the affections of the fair widow, who 
seemed not unwilling to bestow them upon bim, 
gained ground daily in Waverton's mind. How- 
ever, one morning as he was walking with her 
in the allee, musing upon the conclusive and 
irrevocable nature of the step that he was eTea 
then almost making up his mind to take, he wis 
suddenly startled by a slight ahiiek that bitKt 
from her lips, as a travelling carriage, of Eng- 
lish construction, whirled rapidly by. Waverton 
had been too much taken up with his own 
meditations, to pay much attention to it, but ht 
observed that his companion had turned vetj 
pale. 

" I do not feel at all well/' said she. "Oat 
carnage frightened me so; I thought it wai 
going to run over me, let us go home. I shall 
lie down on the so^ I dare say I shall be btO^ 
by dinner time." 



I 



1 





^ 



THE UKCLE, 

WaTerton, upon proceediiag to bis hotel, found 
his room taken possession of by a gentleman 
who was lying reading upon the sofa, " Well, 
old fellow, you see I have come to see you in 
your valley of dullness at last/' said Lord John 
Delaval, as the two friends shook hands. Din- 
ner time came ; and Waverton having secured 
Delaval a seat beside bimself, and promised to 
introduce him to a delightful woman^ the two 
proceeded to take their places at the table, that 
on Waverton's other hand was empty, no Mrs* 
Campbell appearing. He asked the waiter if 
the was not coming to dinner, the man knew 

thing about it. '*She complained of not being 
well just before dinner,** said Walter; *'she was 
frightened by a carriage that she fancied was 
going to run over her, I think it must have 
been yours, by-the-bye." 

** Frightened by my carriage,'* said Delaval 
a light seeming to break upon him ; ** pray, 
who is this friend of yours, that is frightened by 



my carnage 




r> 



les 



HABDXESS; OR, 



^ Slie is a Mrs. Campbell, the widow 
IndiaxL officer ^ a very chartning person, 
has been here some diue.*^ 

'^Mrs. Campbell, the widow of an 
officer !" repeated Lord John ; ** that 
suspicious, b she pretty T' 

'* More pi<^uante and attractive than prettj 

"TaDf 

"Yes,*' 

* CleTcr, but a bit of an enthnsiast ?" 

'* Yes» exactl/ ; do you know anything 
berr* 

'« Wait a bit, we shall we ; had she a 
four years old with her f 

" She said» she was in nuwiniii^ tehv^ 
daughter." 

^* Ah, yes, child's dead, or sent boae. 
was her age?^ 

" Two, or tbree-and*twenty/* 

^ Precisely; does she profess a great 
aon for politidaDS f* 



THE i;ncle. 



169 



W 



"She does/' said Walter, with an uneasy 
foreboding of what was to come next, as he 
tliought of the vivid account the lady had given 
liim of the lirst speech of an aspirant to parlia- 
mentary honours. 

** And her husband shot himself?** 

** So she told me,'* faltered Waverton ; and 
Lord John, who was not aware of the impres- 
sion the fair widow had made upon Waverton, 
broke into a loud fit of laughter. 

«*My dear fellow,'* said he, "that Sophy 
Shedden has come round you in Erst-rate style. 
ril bet my existence she and Mrs. Camp* 
bell are the same person ; they called her Sophy 
SilTertongue,she had such a knack of wheedling 
follows ; she used to make all the men at Naples 
do precisely what she pleased, except marry 
her, which, I believe, waa what she wanted 
iDoet. Why, you seem incredulous, not to say 

ut out.*' 

*«I cannot believe it/' returned Waverton, 

it is some fancy of yours, Delaval ; you jump 

VOL. IIL I 







VAeiit» 



ht§A 

at the line, now tecBExed lo fan mw wy: A* 

of her, ra ibaaii^ W feh tte era «»« 
•ad Aic lie w ^'^isy Mmtty to w^ 



"WeH," rtjaiMdIianLJflim,qaiftaaMi. 
" I do not want la tee her, well pm ^ 
cat teatiiae;iad ttow oome, and ilvvailW 





THE UNCLE. 



171 



few hours were unprofitably employed, 
looking at what was not worth Beeing, and 
towards evening the two fiiends returned, and 
proceeded, Waverton half reconciled to some 
horrible discovery, to Mrs. Campbell's lodg- 
ings. 

She had left them by one o'clock, to the un- 
bounded surprise of the people of the bouse, 
who considered leaving a town at dinner-time, 
a flying in the face of Providence. Where she 
gone they could not tell, ail that they knew 
that she had paid her bills highly to their 
Mtis&ction, inasmuch as being in a violent 
huiryy she had looked only to the sum total, 
and neither detected or disputed a single over* 
chmrge^ of which there were dozens. She had 
however left a note for Waverton, with instruc- 
eions that it should not be forwarded to him until 
the next morning, the obeying which orders 
her host judged to be an unnecessary trouble 

»w that the gendeman was present to receive it 

I 2 



172 



HARD5BBS; OR, 



in person^ and accordingly gave to him fei 
with. It ran thus : — 



*' My Dear Mr. Wavkrton, 
'* It is with the greatest sorrow that I 
on my return home, letters which make it 
absolutely necessary that I should return tt 
England immediately, and the doubt whether 
I shall be able to reach Ostende in time, mihi 
it impossible that I should even indulge is the 
melancholy luxury of bidding you CEureweQ. Tlu 
happy hours I have spent in your sodetfi 
never shall forget; but I shall still live in ho| 
that at some future time, I shall have an oppor 
tunity of renewing an acquaintance that hfl 
given me so much pleasure. With my beic 
wishes for your future happinessy believe flft 
my dear Mr. Waverton, sincerely yourS) 
*' Sophia Camp 



m 

4 



WRTerton looked at his companion in sko^ 
Lord John smiled. 



THE tJNCLB, 



173 



" There is nat a t crossed," said he, though 
he had rot seen the letter, " or an i dotted in 
the whole note.'* 

It waa quite true, one of Mrs, Campbell's 
Bins of omission, relating to the t'a or i's. ** Oh," 
continued he, *' there is no question about the 
matter, there cannot be two Sophy Silvcrtongue's 
in the world. Let me see that document, 1 
know her hand, and that 15 it, there is no doubt 
about it. Confound her, it*6 sealed with a seal 
I gave her too, mj crest, an eagle that she 
admired. I hope she has not borrowed any 
money of you/' 

k** What is her history ?" 
'*0h| a simple one enough, she ran away 
im her husband with one of the Governor 
tvenerars alde-de -camps, and the poor man 
shot himself in consequence. She has been 
liring with other men ever since; when last 
I nw her, she was with the duke of Ryde ; but 
Vm told she has given up that sort of thing 
n&w^ and now wants somebody or other to 




174 



hardness; ORj 



marry her. It strikes me, she mtended 
honouring you with a preference. It ww 
impossible now for Waverton any looger t» 
doubt that he had narrowly escaped being 
the prey of a dissolute adventuresa ; and il msj 
be presumed that it was not in a particnlarly 
happy state of mind, he was returning to Bng- 
land. 




CHAPTER XI. 



Of all places in the world, when the heart is 
heavy^ and the bright side of life seems veiled 
and gloomy, the cabin of a steamer is probably 
the mo^ depressing that can be imagined, both 
to mind and body ; and most acutely did ^lary 
feel this, when she descended that evening about 
len o^clock into the den where Uie ladies were 
to be pro\ided with accomodation for the night, 
for she was tired, and wished to lie down» which 
she oovdd not do so conveniently in the carriage. 
The place was, however, not bearable, notwith- 
standing that the sea was as smooth as gtasi^ and 




ii6 



RABBKXSS; Om, 



dw graft bbdk knll ploogbed along thiiiiii^ 
wMcr, B if it w«r7 oo d)e Thames. Tliere wm 
CQCB m itnnig licaC, aocli sn oppfffsnve flMUt 
and so iBBck Tuietr of frwlf wrtiAtdatm^ in 
diaft aaaD aad cfoirded ealniv thai Marj to 
fioB to betake henelf to the curiage again, li 
dbe aMciided to die ded: fo this purpose^ bff 
eye fiv a amiieDt lit upon Warreiton sta&^iMr 
his airdefeoted.hii anas Mdedtgaai^ ill 
abatzictioii upon tae nooo-lit tot 
nwte vaa aowapfhing de^Kmding in his appear* 
ance, wamMd&ang that seemed to aiy that the 
interests and the paasioiiSy the hopes and tbe 
fears of this worid had passed awajr fron boi 
farcasty and left an aching Toid behtpd. She 
withdrew her eyes hattilf, the mght did dM 
exactly please her ; the stiH, small rcSet m te 
breast onoe more whispered sot]ielhiiig« aad fht 
hardly dared think upon what it was. 

At this moment another Toice reached ho* 
ear* that was neither still nor small; it m n 
roagh as passion and as thick as three tnmUflO 



i 



,^4 



THE UNCLE. 



17* 



of grog could make it, and that was the voice of 
the Viscount Cubtown from the gentlemen's 
cabin, disputing with a couple of French swind- 
lers, into whose hands he had fallen, the validity 
of a certain deal at ecarte, in the most atrocious 
English-French that human lips could per- 
petrate, '* Je dis que ce n*etait pas beaucoup," 
were the words she heard; for the word *'coup" 
having become, somehow or other, associated in 
his mind with gambling, he imagined that the 
word " beau coup" meant a fair deal ; and Mary 
shuddered, and hurried into the carriage, 
L She had little power of sleeping, but a troubled 
^dozing rather added to her discomfort than re- 
freshed her frame. Cloudy and indistinct visions 
crowded upon her soul ; the ceaseless sound of 
the paddle-wheels rang in her ears, and from 
time to time seemed to assume diBTcrcnt forms, 
And to transport her to other places. Now it 
was the boiling Sprudel, and in fancy again she 
listened to the blundering delivery of the vicarious 
of her titled admirer, and wondered 
i5 




r 


HABDanSS; OR, ^^M 


^^^^^^^Hlihilfacr due ▼vlaisitT of the DfinciiMil wit 


^^^^^^CBoeeicd lir dud d his enroy ; or whether tk 


^m m obbU hftTe firand « tluid to match them ii 


^^^ tht waM. AttoA h took the £um of the hnn 


^^1 of A crewdfld ■■ iiililj ; ^lin ahe heard the ad 


^^^1 deafli of the side mm% irriii^i ; again the 


^^^H 1^1^ aeeBod to ewim rocmil her, at ahe liateiiad 


^^H tohercaiMi]i*a^«eidoii»'«Ulioare7ou^cak]ag 


^^^ of!--vlioiBiftdittjoo«rek2]iQgQff8ocooa]rrd 


^^H ndhflwdthetemUe answer^ ** Walter Waw 1 


^^^ ^taB," aaiUieaa&wasdarkiieaiaadUfeleanes 


^m Okwo MBce the haSkm maai took » gkxflner 


^ft M*ir totia ; the fl iceMd to apeak lo thi 


^L Irani; iko wtiilikicw of hor dml note 


^^H iool8dhofenlKre7ea,aiidk)okedr«{icoochfiill]r 


^^^H on her. Agsdn the scene raried with the faiyiif 


^^^1 fiutfaoies ofbertronbied spirit; the deeiofidha^ 


^^H self i^iin in Gttlon Park, and rouued in futj 


^^r nnder the anttque ueea ; hundredi of rooh 


^H drdiiig azid otwing above her, fiUcd the air wA 




^m hut his sBule wm mi kmgor the kindly» fiieadif 



THE UNCLE. 



179 



smile of old ; he was grave and distant. Emily 
was there too, but without the merry eye and 
ready laugh of yore ; her manner was con- 
strained and formal. Familiar faces were around 
her, but their aspect was cold, their looks were 
averted. No word of reproach was spoken, but 
It seemed as if the happy days of old were gone 
for ever* Suddenly^ the clamour above increased ; 
she looked upwards : the imagination, readily 
creative in sleep, supplied a cause. A hawk 
floated slowly over the busy rookery ; the dis- 
turbance became more angry and more animated , 
something articulate seemed to mix with it. It 
•welled and gathered ; it passed the bounda of 
sleep, and she awoke with a start. Alas ! those 
sounds were no dreamer's fancy. Men half- 
dressed, half-awake^ were running madly hither 
and thither ; the clamour of startled voices wa^ 
riaing on all sides ; the hoarse commands of the 
officers were echoing over the disturbed deck ; 
and M Mary looked hastily out of the carriage. 
she saw the fearful cause of the confusion. A 



m 



BARDXESS: OR, 



dood of smoke rose from tlie hatchway^ 
dK Mp WIS on fire. 

Hsrdljr bad she become aware of the terrible 
tmtli, wbien Wavertoo stood by her side. HU 
composed^ his eje untroahled, his 
I » for be bad not attempted to 
aleep. Coollj and deliberatelf , as if iuAiaa% 
bad happened, he opened the carria^ door, 
and let down the itepa. *' Yoa had better coin^ 
aft. Miss de Bargfa,^ said be, '< the ▼easd b on 
£re forwards, bat I do not apprehend dmt 
will be much difficulty in getting it iind»*^ 

Mary looked around her at first with the wild 
bewildermenl that the first shock of immiafiit 
danger will often produce, and then n&echaaj- 
callj following his directions, deaeeaded bm 
the carriage ; and once more, hx hom lBiid» ^ 
from help, with the sea all around, and destmc^ 
tion and death in the ship, Marj de Bofgb Istft 
on the arm of Walter Warerloii. 

She thought of the time when that 
trembled when she preaaed it, but tboae 



I 



THB UKCLB. 181 

were passed. Cool and collected, he led her to 
the stem, placed her close to the steersman^ and 
saying, *' Remain here quietly, and do not suffer 
jrourself to be frightened or flurried ; they have 
got an engine at work already ; all will yet be 
well/* departed to take his share in the measures 
^that had been adopted to save the ship, 
^v The energies of all those on board who yet 
^^OBieawd spirit and resolution enough to work, 
h«d already been applied to meet the danger, 
but with little apparent result ; the engine was 
found to be in good order, and worked freely, 
but its playing was only answered by thicker 
clouds of moist, whitish vapour, half steam, half 
smoke, from the companion of the fore-cabin^ in 
which the £re had originated, and whose occu- 
pants had with difficulty made their escape, 
being half stifled with a peculiar vapour which 
had accompanied the first outbreak of the Are, 
and was now so overpowering, that it was im- 
povsible to attempt descending into the cabin to 
investigate the origin of the fire, or even to stand 



ii 



182 



HARD192S0; OB, 



to leeward of the companion for a momi 
How the £re had been caused, no one could 
tell, though several hampers addresded to & 
celebrated chemist in London, that had been 
placed in that cabin, appeared to afford^ in the 
probable fracture of some Tessel containing in* 
flammable matter, the most reasonable soludoD 
of the question. Slight explosions below fol- 
lowed one another rapidly ; all the buckets oo 
board had been put in requisition, but in vaiii ; 
the roar of the devouring element might alreadj 
plainly be heard, and bright tongues of flasif 
mingled now with the volumes of smoke which 
increased, and thickened, and could not be got 
under. 

At the first alarm» two of the crew seised vitb 
that curious impulse of panic that often aeini 
sailors in cases of fire at sea, had thrown thes* 
selves overboard ; one of them being uoabk $> 
swim had perished ; but the other» of whom man 
anon, recovering his senses with his immeraioD in 
the water, had regcdned the deck of the 



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THB VKCLE. 



183 



where discipline was thoroughly established. The 
captain gave his orders collectedly, they were 
obeyed promptly and without bustle,and the pre* 
paradoDB for saving the crew and passengers went 
steadily on. Fortunately, those on board were 
not more numerous than what might probably 
be saved, if discipline could be preserved, and 
the weather held, on board the boats, of which 
there were twO| and a raft to be taken in tow 
by them, about the construction of which the 
crew were now busily employed. A few spars^ 
strongly lashed together, were the foundation of 
the firail structure to which so many human 
beings were to commit their lives ; tables^ 
benches, spare planks, empty casks, anything 
that could 2idd to its buoyancy, filled up the 
skeleton ; it looked as if it could hardly hold 
together, stiU the crew laboured steadily under 
the skilful directions of the captain in makbg 
its fastenings secure ; the night was tolerably 
calmt and if no bad weather came on, there 
aeemod a prospect of its floating^ and if &ith- 




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HAMDlTias; OR, 




uj tbe DoalSj of rcaciilBg 
vhicb ooold HOC be aboTe 



of die 



I, contiJiiied to mA 
(lie bocketi, Um witk Of 
rf icttuif the flmes under, tka 
^ kope dial ihey might keep theft m 
Miae liiyn a chedc, until ererjihiBg vH 
ned^ fcr §000^ die dooned 
pHtf bad pbced ili^ under die 
ooobttm ci 
d adndt bad 
Aey wooid obey hit 
and acquired him dial aacendaiicy cmx 
m^ Ait me coorage» dtot coohicas w\ask 
i real vechxag eoun^ to be depeoM 
m dialer, addooi Mb to 

ime to aaodwff, and pounpg water dova t 
etide&dj one that 
8» wdl aadieoUeat sailor in 




"—J 

haadiag ^""^1 



THE US CLE, 



185 



and with a wise and unostentatious perseverance, 
he confined himself to that one object^ leaving 
the seamen, of whom there were as usual on 
board a steamer, a lamentably scanty comple- 
ment, to the more appropriate task which they 
alone could execute properly, that of making 
the arrangements for leaving the vessel, and re- 
moving the passengers. There was one circum- 
•tance, however, which, whilst it increased the 
real difficulties and dangers of their position to 
a most serious extent, added in a fearful de- 
gree to the horrors of their situation. It has 
already been observed, that the main depend- 
ft&ee of the human beings on board the blazing 
▼etieli was on the two boats, which were to 
carry some, and tow the rest on the raft. One 
of these, a four-oared cutter, which hung from 
the stem, was already lowered and towed astern ; 
but the other and larger one, a six-oared gig 
which hang in the davits on the quarter, could 
not be lowered, for a frightful reason^ The 
Tapour arising from some chemical preparation 



im 



aARDK^lS; OEy 



already mentioned, bad, Tery soon afber the 
broke out| penetrated into the eogine^^iooni, nd 
the engineers, hAlf-stified with its noxioOK 
and dreading that its eiects might deprm 
of the power of motion, had hastily 
their postS) neglecting in their hunj to tttaf ifcr 
eiigine» or turn off the steam ; the fiaBCi 
speedily reached the engine-room ; the 
ed heat began to act upon the boiler ; the 
rose and fell with a &andc rapidity ; the psddkf 
reroked with a fearful Telodtr, and whikl the 
swell their increased action forbade the lower* 
ing of the boat, no one knew at what mottSBt 
the engine might burst, and destroying the 
hull of the Yessel, carry her to the boctom, with 
every soul on board. 

It was a strange picture which that deck (ft* 
sented ; the terrified passengers, startled out of 
their berths by the terrible cry of firo— a cry ia 
a ship that the stoutest heart mighl quail bdbftb 
presented every variety of dreia cod oadrvf ; 
there were figures in aboudancii that* sit saj 




THE UNCLE. 



1»7 



other time, would have been absolutely ludi- 
croiis ; but it was no time or place for laughing 
then — the presence of death, immediate, immi- 
oent in one of its most appalling forms » forbade 
the indulgence, if indeed it did not suspend the 
existence^ of any disposition to smile. There 
was one melancholy group that particularly 
attracted Mary's notice, a husband, with his 
young and very beautiful wife^ and her child, 
an infant of about a year old. As from time 
to time she pressed the poor little thing 
to her breast, the baby, unconscious of its 
danger, would eagerly return to its mo- 
tber*8 caress, and then excited and amused by 
the bustle and activity that surrounded it, 
laughed, and crowed, and clapped its tiny bands 
in the highest delight, unobservant of the tears 
that were gushing fast from its mother's eyes. 
Anon it would hold out its hands to its father, 
who from time to time went forward and assisted 
at the fire; and then, as if unable, as the mo- 
ment of separation for ever approached^ to 



WLkMO, 



: OR, 



of liu wife, 
words in bcr 




THE rXCLE. 



189 



that it mattered very little how a man diecl, 
he would rather oot be kept long about 
it,** placed his watch before him, that he might 
" report the time he slipped his wind, when he 
got to Dayy*6 locker]*' and approaching it as 
nearly as the heat would admit, established a 
firesh quid, and declared that he would go to h-11 
with the boiler. No entreaties or commands 
oould induce the man to do another turn of 
work, until a circumstance occurred which 
instantly converted him into one of the most 
active and useful men on board. The two 
Frenchmen, whose altercations with Lord Cub- 
town has been already noticed, had declined 
Mfisting at any of the work that was going 
On, and had been observed conversing together 
in whispers as far aft as they could get, casting 
iuspicious glances around, and almost hanging 
over the tafiirail ; the watchful eye of the man 
at the wheel was, however, upon them, he 
said nothing for some time, contenting him- 
self with keeping a wary look-out, of which 
they seemed hardly aware, until at last he 



:l 



sailor, 

Frenci 

cutter 

An 

and a 

tranqui 

were s^ 

a mome 

sent a m 

Mlyanc 

the two 

their Jmc 

might be 

pJicit obe( 

^en proc< 



THB UNCLE, 



191 



•elf most infallibly and unquestionably blow 
their brains out on tbe spot ; and further, that 
they might not readily forget the vicinity of 
baded pistols, he pressed the muzzle of one of 
those weapons against each of their foreheads, 
until a red ring wbb distinctly visible, and then 
ordered them forward into the line of those 
employed in handing buckets, with strict in- 
junctions to the men at each side of them, upon 
their ahewing the slightest disposition to flinch 
from their work, to knock them down on the spot* 
**M8y the divil fly away wid me if I don't 
knock the outlandish spalpeen into next Sunday 
fortnight, if he's anywise con trairy, your honour,** 
wai the answer from one» in a tone and accent 
that left the captain's mind perfectly at ease as 
to the fkithflil execution of any orders relatmg 
to knocking down a man ; whilst from tbe other 
" Ai'll just do that, sir,** if not quite so energetic 
as the Milesian 6 assurance, was quiet and busi« 
ncea-like, and no whit less satisfactory. 
Just at this moment the huge axle seemed to 



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THE ITNCLE. 



193 



le accents of a female voice in prayer, loud and 
idible over the whole quarter-deck ; and look- 
up in astonishment, she beheld a grave 
ran, with her daughter, a girl of fourteen or 
1} clinging to her arm, standing hj the^ 
lan, and reading aloud the impressive 
tyer that the church has appointed to be the 
illect, in the service for the burial of the dead. 
[er aspect was collected ^ her voice faltered not; 
le life she prayed for was the life beyond the 
wre. Hers was not the mere masculine brute 
that rushes savagely into danger, or 
»bomly awaits destruction: hers was a courage 
a higher, a purer order — uncomplainingly 
endure, to accept with resignation, wliatever 
will of her Maker might appoint. Her faith 
not in the fragile bark, that might disappear 
in another instant, like the foam from the crest 
of the wave, or in the deceitful calm, that might 
turn to a howlbg tempest before morn ; her 
hope and her trust was, that the Lord should do 
unto her not as she willed, but as Hk willed ; 

VOL. 111. K 



'll 



f, 



but 

felt 

grey 

and J 

seem 

to an 

time j 

use t] 

tempt 

two or 

Wy, 0] 

science 

death, 

helpless 

their foi 



THE UNCLE. 



195 



»rkiDg with a frantic energy to keep the flames 
check ; and it is not wonderful^ if they rested 
loetly upon the commanding figure of its leader. 
WaTerton was before her, in that stirring cha- 
racter in which man excites most interest in the 
heart of woman — in imminent peril, and steeled 
against fear» — in the presence of death, and yet 
with his spirit rising to the danger. Where was 
his rival all this time ? 



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prop 

busti 

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lected 

posite 

boxes, 

carriag 

wished 

girl, w] 

soul in 

was ver 

Thefl 

they can 



THB ITNCLB. 



199 



lafl, which was now ready ; the gig had been 
safely lowered, with two trustworthy boatkeepers, 
well-armed, to defend her against any rush that 
might be made at the moment of removing the 
crew and paBseogere from the ship. Occasionally 
a light puff of smoke from the main-cabin 
would indicate that the flames were spreading 
rapidly aiV, when something seemed to occur to 
Lord Innismore* 
** Doctor, where is Lord Cubtown ?'* said he» 
The doctor looked up in astonishment. The 
young nobleman had escaped his recollection as 
completely as he had everybody else's ; but cer- 
lainly he waA nowhere to be seen. " V\l go 
And look in the cabin, my lord/^ said he, 
*• maybe his lordship's below/' The doctor 
soon found the object of his search ; the clamour 
and confusion that seemed such as might awake 
the dead failed to arouse the drunken, and Lord 
Cobtown lay asleep in his berths whence pro* 
ceeded sounds similar to those that arise from a 
saW'pity enjoying a profound unconsciousness of 



THE tmCLB, 



201 



^ 



1>eat6 Bannagher, and Bannagher banged Beel- 
lebub, and Beelzebub licked the divil." 

" Put in lots of cayenne, and moisten with port 
wine," muttered the drunken man. 

'* God help us !" said Higgins, " it's thinking 
of supper he is, grilled bones in a ship on fire; — 
it*8 a mighty bould stretch of imagination. My 
lord, my lord I will you get up ? — or will you 
lie here and be roasted alive like an oyster 
on the hob ?" 

" And a deyilish good thing, too/* returned 
the dozer, more intelligibly this time ; '* see and 
get some bottled porter with them." 

" Holy mother of Moses ! what *ll I do at aD, 
at all?** gasped the doctor, as a fresh puff of 
smoke, that half filled the cabin, announced that 
the fire was approaching it with fearful rapidity, 
when suddenly he resolved to try what might 
be effected by an appeal to the youth*s tender 
feelings. " My lord, my Lord Cubtown,*' said 
he, ** Miss Mary sends her compliments to you, 

k5 




THE imCLE. 



203 



f-noiir, and gazed upon the doctor in drunken 
bewilderment, 
^t " The sbip^s on fire} my lord ; I've been teU 
^■Hng you sa this half hour/* said Higgins i and 
his lord&hip became instantly alive to the horrors 
of his aitoation, so much so indeed, that tum^ 
bling suddenly out of his berth, he made an un> 
expected bolt at the companion with nothing 
but hta shirt on, and would have reached the 
deck and presented himself in that condition, 
had not the doctor^ giving chase immediately, 
succeeded, like Fans, in subduing the modem 
Achilles by the heel, the only part he could 
reach ; and bringing him back to the cabin, now 
rapidly filling with smoke, compelled him to put 
on some of his clothes. 

Meantime the preparations on deck were 
nearly completed ; the raft had been made as 
sea-worthy as was practicable ; all hands were 
called to the work, and by their joint exertions, 
at the very moment the two ascended from the 
cabin, it was successfully launched. The splash 



THS TJKCLB. 



205 






I wish — I hope — I suppose that you wiU 
come la the same boat with us.*' 
I **I am afraid that will be impossible," an- 
iwered he, " the weakest of the party must go 
in the boats, I shall take my chance on the 
raft.*' 

** Good heav'ena !*' exclaimed she, starting up, 
d looking into his face with an expression of 
hotTOT, " you'll all be drowned on that wretched 
laft/' 

** It will be no great matter if we are, as far 
as I am concerned," muttered Waverton to 
himself, as he turned away to speak to the 
captain, but Mary heard it and trembled like an 
aspen leaf. That officer had been down to his 
cabin, and now returned on deck with a few 
cutlasses and pistols, which were distributed to 
the officers of the ship, and two or three of the 
passengers whose strength and courage seemed 
to fit them especially for the duty of preserving 
order, and the captain distinctly explained to 
«U^ that any one who attempted to quitthe vessel 





n 



HARDKESS; OK, 

out of his tunii or to get into a host tat iVik 
he was not told ofiT, should be ctit down or ibl 
without mercy. 

Waverton*8 poet with one of the miteiy' 
weU^^armedy and assisted hy two stout 
unarmed J to help the ladies down the side) w 
on the starboard entrance port» on which fldi 
the boats were drawn up ; few but the woaei 
could be carried in them, for as they wereio- 
tended to tow the tb^ it was neceastry tlH 
they should be strong-handed in rowers, who&t 
exertions should not be hampered by a crovd 
on board. To larboard the raft was haakd 
up close alongside to receive its portion of the 
sufferers. The captain now went aft, and or- 
dered to their respectiTe sides of the deck those 
that were appointed to go in the boats and the 
raft, placing armed men between them to pre- 
vent any confusion that might arise from an 
attempt of the timid and mistrustfol am 
those who were destined to go in the rail, to 
into the boats. The cutter, pulling four oan, 








THE T7WCLB, 

and ander the charge of the chief- mate, was 
filled with some women of a lower class, two or 
three men who had been badly hurt in the cod- 
fusion, and being manned by picked seamen ^ 
puUed off with a hearty cheer, to attach itself to 
rail which was rapidly receiving its freight to 
larboard. The second boat, pulling six oars, of 
which the captain was to take charge, was now 
drawn up, and in it was proposed placing the 
remainder of the ladies^ their maids i and in 
ooDsideration of his rank and age» Lord Innis^ 
move, a distinction which that nobleman haugh- 
tily declined. 

I ^ I am neither a woman nor a coward^" said 
he, " I shall go on the rafl," 

*• Oh ! for heaven's sake^ uncle," cried Mary, 
who was standing by the side, ready to descend, 
*' do come in the boat ; do not leave me alone.*' 

Just at this moment. Lord Cubtown, who had 
been standing, or rather swinging from side to 
aide, under the watchful eye of ^e doctor, his 
hair diflhevelled and wet with the ducking that had 




helplessi 

could no 

, i cimniiig^ 

''! to includ 

1 idea. 

and, befoi 

across the 

the water, 

self overtx 

port, when 

back by W 

by the sean 

boiler not b 

" Steady, 
ha VAn'f «T^.. 



THE tmCLE. 



209 



U14 



This time, however, the sailor made no attempt 
to 6aTe him from fallings put his hands in his 
pockets^ and laughed heartily, as he roUed over on 
the deck ; and even the horrors of their position 
did not prevent a universal roar of laughter burst- 
ing from all that were yet on board at his efibrts 
to get up, for the ilames had spread so rapidly 
below, that tliough it was possible to stand upon 
the deck in shoes, the moment his undefended 
iiaod touched the planks, he jumped up with a 
hideous yell, howling that he was burnt. Higgins 
again took charge of him. Mary descended into 
the boat ; she looked at Waverton as she passed, 
d seemed as if she wished to say somethings 
but her utterance was choaked, and he saw tears 
fftindjpg in her eyes. Lord Innismore, upon a 
Becond request from the captain to accompany 
her, acceded ungraciously. As he passed Wa- 
verton, he kept his eyes on the ground, and gave 
no token of recognition, or even attempt to bid 
him farewelL Was the proud Earl of Innismore 
ashamed of himself ? 




210 



HAumian; OR» 



The diffioilt and doubtiiil operadon 
effected now ; Cubtown was handed down to 
the raft, accompanied by the doctor, who moJk' 
tered to himself, by way of consolation, at be 
descended, ** Well, they wouldn't have fctka 
my carpet bag into the boat, any how ; so ibfi 
80 much to the fore.*' A nuUe^ Wareiton, aad 
the captain, were now all\hat remained on bold. 
The flames appeared towering up to the aift^ 
head forwards, and were acquiring fresh violewoe 
from a cause of the deepest import to those who 
were to brave the perils of the sea that night, 
the rising of the wind, which was begBning tt 
blow firesh from the S.W., — dense voItubcs <rf 
smoke were pouring up from the after ooa- 
panion ; hitherto, however* with the exoepciot 
of ike seamen who had gone overboard at fad 
no life had been lost, and the removal of trerf 
soul on board had been successfully effected. 

*' Thank God, weVc got so far well,** said 
captain» touching his hat, as Waverton and 
mate descended into the raft. He ca^ a meias- 



1 



THB UJfCLE. 



211 



Ay glance upon his perishing ship ; " God^s 
11 be done !" said he, as he took his place in 
the stemsheets of the gig» and pulled directly 
round, to take the raft in tow. The tide was 
tetdng to the south-west, and assisted them 
to clear the vessel, which, presenting a large 
body above water, drifted rapidly to leew^ard, 
and was almost instantly ailerwards in a blaze 
from stem to stern ; for the flames, having tho- 
roughly ignited the coals, and ran with a fearful 
r^>idity through the light bulk-heads and in- 
flammable fittings of the afler part of the veaBel, 
had broken out of the ports and the stern win* 
dowa^and established a thorough draught through 
the doomed ship, which was now one towering 
miMi of flame. 

It is to be observed that all this passed with 
the greatest rapidity. Midnight had struck 
bat a few minutes before the fire was dis* 
oovered, and before one o'clock every soul on 
board was in the boats or on the raft, gazing on 
the vessel that hod so lately contained them, 



sent t 
done ( 



the boa 

the eqi 

ther, on 

increase 

Lord 

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and was ; 

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gaished th 

burning shi 

^hich be i 



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THB UNCLE. 



213 






** Nothmg, my lord," said the man in a 
whisper, *• that concerns us, but I hope this 
weather will hold. I wish I had regular sea- 
en on board, or that we had two or three 
stout passengers armed. If it comes on to blow^ 
there may be some difficulty in preventing 
ese fellows abandoning the raft/' 
Mary shuddered, :» she heard the whispered 
versation that was passing behind her ; the 
of the rail had suddenly become an object 
of the deepest interest to her, yet not for the 
sake of the noble Viscount it supported ; and as 
she looked forward at the anxious, but some- 
what dogged faces of the rowers, she fancied 
she saw mutiny already appearing in their 
countenances. 

Meantime* the breeze continued to freshen — 
the white crests of the rising waves appeared 
to greater numbers, and greater activity every 
moment — the boat rose and tell with an increas- 
ing motion, and erexy now and then would 
come a tug at the tow-rope, that it seemed to 




214 ^ hauhkess ; ob, 

tremble under — the burning sliip, ibMigiW'] 
ing fast to leeward, yet iUumincd the 
the broad flickeriDg sheet of flame tint 
from it, sometimea abooting up Ln a tiSiif 
pyramid of £re, and again spraying &fB% 
backwards and forwards aa it felt the it 
of the rising gale — the ruddy glare that il < 
upon the dark faces of the boat*a-ereir, 
&st becoming the only light that that wi 
afforded; for thick, black piles of clotid 
rapidly overspreading the heavens — star tfci 
star vanished^ as the dark masses rolled heavih 
over the troubled sea— drifting showers 
over the waste of waters, adding gloom to 
situation of those that were afloat that 
night ; once or twice Mary could plainly see ' 
ominous whispers passed from one to the 
of the crew, and at last, a sudden check 
the tow-rope causing the boat to ship » •» 
astern, they broke out into open murmurs. 

At this moment^ a shout of horror from ^ 
raft attracted the notice of all; there wa»cw* 



THB tTNCLE. 



215 



y some violent commolion on board that 
structure ; the people were standing up, 
aving their handkerchiefs, and uttering loud 
A glance at the cutter, which was shoot- 
rapidly a-heady at once disclosed the cause 
of their anxiety, she had slipped her tow-rope. 

Khis was fatal ; the bad example instantly spread 
the gig, where discontent was already at work ; 
le men at once shipped their oars, and declared 
one and all that they would not pull another 
stroke until the tow-rope was cast adrift, 
^p " The raft must take her chance," said they, 
** 8ho*ll float well enough, and be picked up by 
mome veescl or other, all that they have to do is, 
to hold on by her, and they will do very well ; 
but if we are to keep lugging at that rope, we 
ahail bo swamped and go down in a lump^ we 
diall have enoogti to do to save ourselves as 
it is/' 

It was in vain that the captain alternately 
threatened and promised, appealing by turns 
to their feelings as British sailors, whether they 



216 HABBiTBSS ; 0B, 

would desert their comrades in so sbimeM,* 
cowardly a maimer, and to tbeb fean oi h 
consequence from the laws of tlieir cotoUt» i ' 
an act of mutiny on the seas ; they aofioil 
respectfully» but obstinately, that xtecenlf W 
no law, men's lives were not to be 
sacrificed, and pointed to the water thai 
already made its way into the boat. 

In vain the lady, whose prayer on boird M 
prodoccd so beneficial an eficet upon aUvlf 
heard it^ exhorted them to persevere, tod 
soned with them on the heinousneas of 
so many of their fellow-creatures, who hi 
barked quietly on the raffc, trusting implicitJT ' 
their good faith, to etruggle unaided wilh tk 
winds and the waves that night of honor ; tl«f 
only laughed at her^ said they were "tot 
pretty words for fine weather on shore, b* 
would not do at all at sea when it came on ^ 
blow; that this world was quite good enougli ^ 
them; they might go farther and fare worw; ih^ 
had had one chance for their lives already^ 



THE UKCLB. 



217 



», that was enough and to spare for one night 
-they had no fancy to be drowned. Lord In- 
ismore offered twenty pounds a man if they 
would only stay by the raft, without even attempt- 
ing to tow her, which the captain assured him 
might be done with perfect safety^ unless it came 
on to blow very haxd^ in which case it was not 
clear that the raft would not be the better de- 
pcndance of the two. To this they seemed in- 
clined to pay more attention, that was something 
tangible; and, in fact, it was on the point of being 
accepted, when one of the more timid called out 
to the others to remark how fast the cutter was 
getting a-head. This decided them finally ; two 
of them came aft, and cast the tow-rope adrift, 
leaving the unfortunate raft at the mercy of the 
elements. Besistance was useless ; the captain, 
though boiling with rage, prudently forbore 
tmog his arms ; he had a pistol certainly, and a 
cutlasS) and might have shot a man, but the 
crew were unanimous ; himself and Lord In- 
nisTDore, opposed to six stout seamen, were not 

VOL. III. L 



Scarceli 

Nik bfCB 
stnackber 

on tbp & 
CQO^ileCelT 
tfcestan: 
ac( be ke 
chttcooM 
bale; bat 
keep her 3 

the roariiu; 
the wind, c 
The sailors 
uid as tlie SI 



THE UNCLE, 



219 



when, about an houi afterwards^ a raisly 

of light, that made surroundixig objects 

:tly visible J enabled them to make out 

cutter, about a quarter of a mile off — they 

into one another*8 faces, and shook their 

no man dared speak, yet aU felt that 

ig horrible had happened — the raft had 

I 



l2 



'220 



BABBKESS; OSL, 



CHAPTER XIII. 



Debp awe prevaUed on board the ^ 
boat when this discovery waa made; the 
kept their eyes on their oara, and would 
raise thero-doggedly aod gloomUy they ^tM 
on in snUen silence. Lord Innismore off* 
observed, " It wiU be our turn next, and " 
have deserved it," and did not utter «»>tl* 
word for hours. Mary hid her fa^ in her 1 
and sobbed bitterly; the events of tlwU nij 
had caused so complete a revulsion of h^ '^ 
ingfi with respect to Waverton, that sb^ ^ 
that his loss removed the one slender chanc* 



THE irjSCT.E. 



221 



happiness for her, the hope of which she had 
began to entertain Qrom the impression that she 
might possihlj regain the place in his affections 
•he had so unwisely thrown away. The wea- 
ther continued stormy ; and it was not far from 
mid -day when they reached the harbour of Mar- 
gate, whence a small steamer^ that happened 
to be in the port, was instantly despatched in 
search of the raft It may well be supposed 
with what an agony of uncertainty Mary awaited 
the return of this vessel, and how eagerly her 
eye was bent to the eastward to catch the first 
glimpse of the black doud of smoke that was to 
annatmce its return. The sun went down, and 
yet there was no tidings; and night was far 
advanced when the captain of the burnt vessel 
requested an interview with Lord Innismore. His 
communication was of the most melancholy na- 
ture. The steamer had returned, having met at 
the place where it was directed to search for the 
raft, a quantity of wreck floating loose about, 
spars, tables, two or three hats, and some empty 



have I 
thatdf 

had 8tc 

carried 

more, \i 

with rei 

now tha 

commonj 

vation, oj 

did not i 

retired ca 

pened. 

More d 
journey to 



hardly 



con2 



THE UNCLE* 



223 



lene vast wilderness — it mattered little to her 
where she was. She found it however necessary 
to arouse herself to give directions about re- 
placing the clothes she had lost on board the 
steamer, and had just completed this task, when 
Lady Loosely arrived, having heard some alarm- 
ing rumours of the loss of a steamer with all 
on board, with the particulars of whicht how- 
ever, she was not acquainted. Lord Innismore 
had ordered dinner as usual, and was at that 
moment eating it as usual Mary had declined 
joining him, and briefly narrated to Lady 
Loosely her dangers and escape. The melan- 
choly pleasure with which she dwelt upon 
Waverton's calmness and intrepidity, and the 
disgust with which she describod Cubtowu's 
drunken selfishness, did not escape the notice 
of her acute auditor ; and when she got to the 
terrible moment of the disappearance of the 
rai^, the poor girl burst into a flood of tear^. 
Once more the suspicions she had before enter- 
tained, respectiog Mary's attachment to Wa- 



k 



224 



HAUDXESS; OB, 



J| 

t it do^ 



Tertoti, returned to Lady Loosely'^ mindi ike 
felt that that passionate burst of tears could not 
be for Lord Cubtown, 

** My poor girl," said she, ** I am afiraid— ** 
sbe stopped* for Mary seemed about to speak 

" Oh Lady Loosely," said abe, " if yottkner 
what I suffered at that moment, how insuffefahlfr 
life seemed to me then, and does now, you vooM 
pity tne/' 

** I do pity you, indeed, my love/ 
she, " pity you with all my heart; but t 
not appear y £rom what you hare told me, tki 
those on the raft must necessarily have periiiiei 
You lost sight of them in the darknewj bat they 
may hare been picked up, neYertheless, by asat 
vessel" 

" Oh no ! we sent a steamer to look for 
and they found the raft all broken and tcattertd 
about, and not a living soul on it/' 

" Lord Cubtown was on it, you said, 
not ?*' asked Lady Loosely. 

" He was," was the answer, with a tlj^ 
gesture of disgust* 



' SODC 

4 




tJNCLE, 



285 



** But Mr. Waverton was in die boat ?" 

Mary could give no answer to this ; she sobbed 
Tiolentlv, and her <x>mpanion, afler a searching 
glance, impressed a kiss u|K)n her forehead. 

" My poor dear girl,** said she, satisfied at 
lut of the real state of the case, " I am a&aid 
we have all been acting very wrongly. I wish 
to heaven you had married Mr, Waverton at 
once." 

Mary looked up with more firmness than she 
had hitherto exhibited. 

** Lady Loosely/' said she, in a solemn tone, 
*' aa I hope for mercy hereafter, nothing would 
have induced me to listen for a moment to that 
brutal Lord Cubtown, but the hopes of being 
ablCf if I married him, to help Henry out of 
his difiBculties. I would have sold myself to 
slavery for that object, so completely did it ex- 
clude every other from my mind, and I was 
going to sell myself to worse than slavery ; but 
after that dreadful night that was quite out of 
the question. I could never have spoken to 

t5 



hardness; oil. 




Lord Cofatowii agaizi urith ereii 

litT, bk condiiet was so diagitstiiigy and i 

willed. Heutlmly as I hsLve 

Mm, sdll if Mr. Warerton bad 

Ob my God ! my God I I wiab I were 

grare . 

A few days more found Lord Lmi 
again aettled at GaDtoii ; bis oon^radMi 
impaired, alike, bj tbe injadidoas use of 
mineial viteis, and by tbe anxiety and exp 
sare, oo the nigbt of tbe bunun^ of tbe 
His taoBpcf seeooed to grow more 
atrengdi and heakb declined ; and be 
self up more ngidly tban ercTt ezdading 
body^ except Mr. Howard, £rom tbe 
m generosiiy, probably, more tbe 
pride tban of good-feebng, be bad setdod . 
annuity of five btmdred a*year, apoo tbe p« 
doctor's widow ; lad Mx* Howard, cbariM 
vilbng to attribate tbis act to the 
judged, tbat notwithstanding the socb 
the world in wbidi tbe Earl chose lo 



Ksbnm 
adingcj 

luui m 





THE UNCLE. 



227 



time, his character might have been softened by 
the trials and perils he had undergone, by having, 
in fact^ looked death in the face, and that there- 
fore the time was favourable to an attempt to 
mollify him towards Henry. He had several 
times, in his interviews with the unbending no- 
bleman, endeavoured to lead the conversation 
towards his nephew's prospects, of whose ap- 
proaching departure from England he was aware ; 
but the Earl always avoided the subject, and 
changed the conversation whenever it approached 
it ; and| at last, Mr* Howard found that it would 
be necessary to address himself directly to the 
matter. " My lord," said he, ** I trust that I 
shall not be considered presumptuous in speak- 
ing of a matter that more immediately concerns 
your own particular family ; but I should consi 
der myself unworthy of the office I fill in this 
parish, did I not call your lordship's attention to 
the sinfulness of the animosity that you nourish 
against your nephew. Think for a moment, my 
lord, what would your own feelings have been 



X ^ 



Tuas- «i 



THB tJNCLE. 



229 



Lord Innismore listened with very great 
patience and politeness to the worthy pastor's 
address, and when it was concluded, waited 
a few moments, as if to give him time to add 
anything he might think necessary to it. lie 
then very calmly and deliherately answered, 
*' Mr. Howard,*' said he, " I have listened 
with great patience to all that you have soid^ 
because it is the last time I ever intend to 
allow the subject to be mentioned before roe ; 
I have the highest respect for your office, and 
not less for your person, otherwise I should 
never have tolerated, even for a moment, your 
interference in a matter that is for me to consi- 
der, and for me alone ; and I must now beg, once 
for aU, that you will never again consider your- 
self authorized to dictate to me in matters that 
concern my family ; and^ above all things, that 
fou will never utter the name of that young 
reprobate in my presence. You have said 
what you have got to say^ you have performed 
your duty, supposing you had any duty to 





« 

HI 
M 

yw 

fUM 

snee; 

the t 

likely 

and J 

belief! 

my ne 



THB mrcLE. 231 

to his humble home, to thank heaven that he 
enjoyed the blessings of an attached wife and 
affectionate children^ unfailing sources of hap- 
piness, and to pity the unyielding spirit that 
was the cause of so much misery to the haughty 
nobleman. Lord Innismore^ irritated and fret- 
fbl, disposed of his dinner without appetite^ 
swallowed some wine without enjoyment; and 
upon joining Mary in the drawing-room, pro- 
ceeded in his own peculiar way to restore her 
good spirits^ by lecturing her angrily, upon 
looking so miserable. The poor girl, whose 
heart was breaking, could only answer, ''indeed, 
uncle^ I cannot help it," when a letter was put 
into the Earl's handy which having been origi- 
nally directed to London, had now followed 
him, found him at Ganton. Something pecu- 
liar about the post-mark struck him, and he 
held it up to the lamp to examine it. 

"Oughterard, I wonder where Oughterard 
is ?" said he, as he opened the letter. Mary 
observed his countenance change, as he read 



232 



HARDKBSS; OB, 



it ; it assumed an expresaon of borroi, \it 
eat down again, stared at lier wildly for i 
moment, and then rushed out of the rooou 
^lan- felt little hesitation about readii^ tiv 
letter which the Earl had dropped, and a screu 
burst from her Ups as she finished it Tbi 
hand of heaven had indeed fallen heavilj apo 
the proud Earl of Innismore, that fatal letta 
coming in the very midst of his pride, and hi 
self-confidence^ announced that he waa-HiHtlJ 

LESS. 



THE tJWCLE* 



233 



CHA TER XIV, 



We left Lord Dualara and his brother pro- 
ceeding to indulge themselves in the luxury of 
bathing in Lough Corribj on the morning of 
their intended departiaie from Oughterard. It 
was a fine clear September moming^ and they 
walked cheerily along the little stream which 
led to the lake^a prattling rivulet which pass- 
ing through the villagCi on its approach to the 
spreading sheet of water, dives under a Ume* 
stone rock, and forms a curious sort of natural 
bridge, of which there are many in that country ; 
it then, in its passage through a tract of low flat 




THE UNCLE. 



235 



with unhesitating gallantry plunged in instantly, 
to save his brother. He soon reached him, and 
seizing him with one hand, supported him to 
the bank. But here he found it impossible to 
land, for they had drifted some way from the 
place^ where a sort of approach to the brook, 
made to enable cattle to get down to drink, 
made it easy to get out. The cramp still kept 
hold of its victim ; he was utterly powerless ; 
and Willy, in attempting to make good his hold 
opon the top of the bank, brought down a maaa 
of loose earth, which striking him on the head, 
sent them both together to the bottom, whence 
they rose no more. The peasant, who had 
warned them of its depth, saw the catastrophe, 
and hastily ran to their assistaDcey but they had 
already disappeared ; and though, with the help 
of some rude punts that were on the spot, the 
bodies were recovered in twenty minutes, life 
was extinct in both. 

When this information reached the bereaved 
father^ he shut himself in his room* refused to 




for two dap,i 

The tliird morniiig, bow< 

, he entered the brok- 

BGBlm asif Aodof 



tiie cania^e. Mifj 
ht wanted her to dnve will 



be Mwm gDoe to, nul wm 
liiM is WM to Woodkndft. Woodbadi 
a park ■bovS ten nilei ifklmt, thefettof i 
abool BFr-mrt-tlnfty yetsa of i^ 
to whpie hMd Lord Twiiiinre had beep maA to 

the ^gpuatfti 
Mrs« MofMit toBi 
V prefared m 7001^ fi»c-hunter to sa old 
to pfeaae benel£ 3Ir. Ho- 
hired to pleaae biBMd^ aadhft 
Jl laber iateresta to tbe chugs 
of J^ofideBce, vhidi tanked the latter oter t» 
tbe Jews ; ftr her lord, hairizig got dm^gii • 




THE UNCLE. 



237 



of her fortune as the settlements admitted 
of, expended the whole of hk own upon horses 
and koundSf and ultimately expended himself 
upon a stiff timber fence» which he would take 
on a blown horse, in spite of the oracular warn- 
ing of the huntsman, who observed^ as he put his 
horse's head at it, " You'll try that once too of^en, 
iir/* He did try it once too often; the tired 
animal could not rise at the rail, and the top bar 
would not go down before the horse. Over they 
went, rolling togetlier, man and horse ; and 
what had been Mr. Hobart that morning, was 
conveyed home on a hurdle. He was killed on 
the spot. 

The widow waa left in very embarrassed cir- 
cumstances, with a family whom she found it 
difficult to support; the object of Lord In- 
nismore's visit to this lady, Mary could not 
eoDJecture; and if ever a 'glimpse of the true 
cauflo of it flashed across her mind, it was dis- 
misaed in a moment, as too improbable to be 
entertained. Her curiosity on that subject^ 



238 



HABDNESS; OK, 




kairerer, was not destined to be loi:^ 
fied, for the Earl, upon his return, lent for W 
to his stttdj, and then and there astonkbed ter 
amajdnglf, hj informing her that be b^ ibt 
morning sought the band of the £ur widow m 
marriage, and been accepted. He did not tinl 
it necessary Co oommnnicate to ber at tliat n»- 
menl what he afterwards avowed 
lor this step, viz. that he took it 
a Tiew of havbg heirs who shoold 
Henry from soooeeding to the 
which, as matters at present stood^ he wis nex 
heir. 

That gentlemen^ in the mean time, 
scions alike of the position in which, 
moment he stood, or of the Earl's inteulio ii fl 
displacing him £rom it by a fresh marriage^ wes 
on quietly with his preparations for emigntioa 
but as the time drew nigh, he felt man aai 
more that it is a bitter lot that the exile baa t 
endure. Cold, cheerless, gloomy, was the prs! 
pect before him, and the manifest horror 



^ was ifc* 

1. IomI 



TfiB UKGE3. 



239 



hich Arabella regarded the project, added to 
ds distaste. Still she complained not; he fancied 
she would in time get reconcOed to it, and find 
a home and its associations in the wild woods 
that they were about to enter ; and friends and 
companions in the strange people that they were 
■bout to encounter in a distant land. He looked 
forward, too, to a visit to England, after ^we or 
gix years ; and resolved that in adhering to his 
plan with unflinching resolution, he would at all 
events show that he was not the mere giddy 
butterfly he was well aware bis iriends and re- 
lations considered him, but a man capable of 
forming and executing a design for improving 
his position in the world, however little agreeable 
it might be to hia inclinations. 

Arabella's melancholy increased as the hour 
of aeparation &om her parents drew nigh, but 
■till she felt that it would be tueless offering 
any opposition to her husband's plans* and 
worse ^an useless worrying him with vain com- 
phanls and repinings, she sorrowed in ai]eiiee» 



240 



hardness; 0S9 



and early in October Henry proceeded to 
pool to make the final arrangements^ and senai 
berths for their passage. Upon his retom km 
that sea-port, he found awaiting him, aktteffros 
Mary J written by Lord Innismore's diiecttoo. 
desiring his and Arabella's presence at Gsatss, 
upon business of importance, as soon as pof- 
sible. Majj, however, who wrote in wmdic^ 
low spirits, added^ that she did not imagine tbt 
this sommons arose from the £arrs heart beisf 
softened towards his nephew^ for as far as bIv 
could judge, he was as much enraged with him 
as ever. She informed Hemy of the projected 
marriage, and finally begged that his visit migltt 
be made as soon as possible. 

Henry was exceedingly puzzled with thii 
sudden fancy of his uncle, and halPinclined, 
considering that little good was likely Co come 
of it, seeing that his unde in all probability only 
proposed to himself the indulgence of wmt 
violent outbreak of temper, to decline the inter- 
view altogether. Upon consideration, howercr. 




TKK tnCCLE. 



241 



not without some faint hope that the eight of 
Arabella might have some effect in mollifying 
his uncle, he wrote to Mary that he would pre- 
sent himself and his wife at Ganton on the fol- 
lowing Wednesday. 

Wednesday came^ a dull, drizzly October 
mornings the sky was completely overcast, and 
the grey clouds permitted no gleam of sunshine 
to fall on the gloomy, cheerless towers of Gan- 
ton, Soon after breakfast, ^lary received a 
smnmons to attend her uncle in his study, and 
with a heavy heart she descended to obey it. 
Theae summonses, now unhappily frequent, 
filled her with dismay, for they were usually 
merely for the purpose of abusing Henry, with 
reipect to whom her uncle had become male* 
Tolent, almost to a diaboHcal extent ; his temper 
loo had grown so harsh as to make it really 
a matter of uneasiness being in his presence 
at all, so little did he attempt to control rt, 
and the, entered his study with a melancholy 

VOL. III. M 



I 



242 hardness; or, 

foreboding of some fresh annoyance to 
diired. A large screen, extending half 
room to keep off the draught of the door^ 
part of the furniture of Lord Imiismore*s library; 
and as Marj closed the door behind her, tkk 
<creen concealing the person of the spetkerfrm 
her yiew, she heard these words : — 

" It's a great place for lob&ters, my lord, 
Mary started, the blood rushed to 
checkfi with the rapidity of lightning, and hi- 
sook them as rapidly, and she staggiered Of 
againfit the wall, and leant for a moment tkgua^ 
it for support. What was there in ihoe if«db 
to produce such an effect I *^ It*s a grest fkm 
for lobsters, my lord." Very oommoBf or- 
dinary words, they are ; a turbot might take a 
kindly interest in his fellow-sufferets, or i 
friendly interest in his pot-companknti^ mi 
therefore a turbot might be moved by thrm; 
but what can it signify to a htnnan bebf 
whether an anonymous locality is a great platt 
for lobsters or not ? 




THE XrSCLE. 



243 



S A GREAT PLACE FOB LOBrtTEHS, MY 



Even capitals will not make that sentenoe 
iportazkt 

Bgmiet are pigmies atill, tbough perched on rock*,'* 

'* iV% a gnat place foi lobsitrs, mj Icrb." 

io, not even the antique black letter can confer 
dJi^ty, interest, or authority on those plain 
homely words. Present them to the eye as you 
willt they are common-place, uninteresting 
syllables still ; but, nevertheless, they rung in 
Mary's ears with an irresistible spell, as she 
leant against the wall, unable for the moment 
to move, and trembled violently. They con- 
jured up a shadowy crowd of recollections, 
ittn^ sorrows, donbts, and something more ; 
the sad past, the gloomy present, were dark 
and cheerless, but the future came to her mind* 
and Ught seemed breaking on it ; hope strug- 

M 2 



n 



244 



HABBKESS; QR, 



gkd with grief— and preTailed ; for a ksg mi 
intimate acquaintatice with the tones in whaei 
these words were uttered, left no doubt q|ni 
her tnind^ that if the words themsdve? woi 
words of little import^ the Toice was the ToioriJ 
Higgins. 




THB VTXCLB. 245 



CHAPTER XV. 

It was even so. The party on the deserted 
raft, picked up in the morning hj a Norwegian 
vessel, had heen carried to Christiansandy whore 
the enormous traffic in lobsters had made a deep 
impression upon the worthy doctor^ who, upon 
Mary's appearance, proceeded to give an account 
of his adventures. "Your lordship heard tho 
screech we gave when the boats deserted us, Til 
be bound;" said he, Taith, it might have \}t:*u 
heard at London Bridge for that maiUsr ; and ;i 
terrible sight it was on the raft when the p#;/ipl«; 
found that they were left by themselres on thi; «aU 




THR DKCLK. 



247 



ears, meant crapaud,) and Mr. Wavertoa was 
tittii^ by my side all the time, and never 
opened his month, hut every now and then heM 
look as hlack as thunder at my Lord Cubtown, 
Well, we all clung together the beet way we 
could^ and a terrible cold time we had of it ; but 
towards day break, we found that the rising and 
fidling of the waves had loosened the fastenings 
of the raft so much that we expected every 
moment she'd go to pieces ; this was a bad 
business, and I thought the day'd never break ; 
but sure enough when it did the man with 
the whiskers gave a screech and a hoUo that 
frightened us all, we thought he was gone mad, 
and he was a mighty strong built boy, an ugly 
customer. 111 go bail if he got any way mis* 
chievously Inclined, and up he jumped, and we 
all expecting he'd be at some devilment or 
other, and he shouted, ' A sail ! a sail I a sail ! to 
windward.' Nobody else could see it but him, 
tod at first we thought he only &ncied it, but 
he stuck to what he said ; and after a time Mr, 




TRB ITNCLB. 



249 



like. WeD, down came the ship, driving through 
the water at the rate of a fox-hunt, I thought 
they'd have run bang over us, but they handled 
her elegantly, the raft was lashed alongside and 
we all got on board safe and sound. It was 
high time, for the raft was going to pieces, and 
the ship's crew were going to breakfast, so it 
was a mighty good exchange. She turned out 
to be a Norwegian vessel from Bordeaux, with 
wine and spirits, and they gave us the best of 
treatment, only the captain said it was as much as 
his life was worth to alter his course, so he would 
not put in anywhere, but carried us straight, a 
terrible way off to the northward, to a queer 
place, with houses built of wood, and streets 
paved with sand, where they build a power of 
ihip0> called Chrisdansand, I suppose by reason 
of that same pavement; a great place for 
lobsters, I never saw such a number of them, I 
gave you my honour, my lord, the swarms of 
them that I saw in one day there, if you boiled 
the biggist whale that ever swam they^d have 

M 5 



250 



HASDsrsss ; oa. 



been enoogb to make sauce for it. Wdti 
we staid^ and a pleasant time enough we liad of 
it, till a sliip tiiat was going to EngLaad wm 
ready to sail, and here we are, after all out nii' 
fortoneSj safe and sounds with the blesdsg d 
God at onr own homes." 

The emotions excited in Mary*3 mmd by ike 
doctor*8 nairatiye were not unmixed ; with the 
reflectionf that Waverton lived yet, came die 
queadon^ Did be live for her ? — Who wm to 
answer it! Donht mattered No^ hope «)o»> 
peied Yes* Time would shew. The party «» 
now augmented by ^Ir. Howard, who^ faoof 
of Ate doetor^s hayiog risen from the aea, kd 
iSt^wed him from his own home to the HaU, Id 
oongratalate him upon his unexpected reiUB^ 
tion to his wife and family. Between thrae ail 
four o'clock Mary's anxiety became ahaoac 
bearable; for in addition to the causes 
might be expected to agitate her own 
Henry's arrival might now be looked ibr «t«fy 
moment ; and though she did not exactly koow 



i 




THB UNCLS. 



251 



the nature of the communicatian her uncle had 
to make to Henry, ahe yet knew that it was not 
likely to be anything pleasant. At last the 
sounds of wheels and the bustle in the hall an- 
nounced that they were come^ and Henry de 
Burgh once more stood in the hall of hk ances- 
tors, to take one last look at ita lofky towers* 
and then bid it adieu for ever, Mary hastened 
to meet them ; and certainly when she saw the 
fair creature for whose sake Henry had defied 
bis imperious uncle^ she could not wonder at his 
having done so ; and her heart already warmed 
towards her, she led her into the drawing-room, 
where for a few minutes they enjoyed a hurried 
conversation. Henry was, however, almost im- 
mediately summoned to the presence of his 
uncle ; and as yet ignorant of the diabolical 
purpose for which the savage old man had sent 
for him, proceeded to the library, leaving Mary 
and Arabella alone ; and the latter, to whom 
Ganton was new, proceeded to the window to 
gaze upon the stately prospect that the park 
afibrdcd. 




252 hardiness; oh, 

It was gloomy certaiDly, tbe leaTes were 

ling, vegetation was slumbering, grey clouds ob- 
cured the sun, tbe old oaks complained with a 
mournful sound as their lighter braxsches swayed 
hither and thither to the win^ blasts thit 
howled through them, bearing a drift of in^ 
gular rain that pattered at intervals against tile 
windows ; yet could Arabella have seen the E*rl 
at that moment, she would have said that mr 
ture^s gloom was cheerfulness compared to thai 
which reigned in the soul^ and was depicted is 
the features of the haughty lord of that ande&t 
mansion. 

Nevertheless, in spite of the weather, 
scene was not without its charms ; the scenof 
of the park was very noble in its feature*, ■ 
fair lake was spread before her eyes, on wboee 
surface idly floated several swans, whilst a ▼»• 
riety of smaller waterfowl fluttered about ; the 
ground possessed much natural beauty, and ww 
laid out with great skill ; on one side it was un- 
dulating, here laden with ancient woods, tod 



•I 




THB UNCI.E, 



253 



^ 



there opening in glades, where troops of deer 
found pasture ; on the other it spread out in an 
extensile plain, scattered through which a few 
ancestral oaks of mighty dimensions, with large 
trunk-like branches, would break the monotony 
of the turf; one vista disclosed the graceful pin- 
nacles and delicate tracery of a Gothic church ; 
through another might be seen the lofty sum- 
mitfi of distant mountains. All was stately, all 
was lordly ; the character of the Hall accorded 
well with the scenery that surrounded it ; and it 
was not without some secret feeling of regret on 
quitting for ever such scenes as these, that Ara- 
beDa detailed to Mary their plans for settling 
themselves on the other side of the broad At- 
lantic. 

Suddenly a bustle was heard in the passage, 
footsteps passed backwards and forwards in 
hurry and confusion, stifled exclamations reach- 
ed their ears, and Henry entered the room. 
Arabella was talking so intently upon the sub- 
ject of their proposed emigration to Mary when 



254 



HABDNESS; OR, 



J 



he entered^ that she was hardly conscious 
entrance ; hut casting a hurried glimpse 
his face as he came up to her> she was fitnirk 
with the wildness of expression that she «nr 
there. 

*' Good Heaven's I" said she, " what's 
the matter with you V* and she rose and went to 
meet him. 

His cheek was flushed^ his eye glittered^ bb 
frame trembled ; he appeared to labour undet 
some unaccountable agitation. 

" What did my uncle want with you, Henry 
asked Mary, dreading that some very 
scene might have passed in the Hbrary. Henrr 
aoBwsired not, but taking Arabella by the anD» 
Jed her to the window* 

*' Arabella/* he said, " look at those woods, 
those fields^ that lake*** 

** I see them,'* answered his terriEed wife, 
looking with increased apprehension at the wild 
expression of his countenance, 

" All that yoa see," said Henry, in a 



' undet 
[enrjiH 



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255 



voice, quivering and tremulous with agitation, 
" all that you see — is yours !'* 

Arabella trembled at these words ; a terrible 
thought took possession of her mind. That 
wildness of manner, that unsteadiness of eye, 
those apparently senseless words, confirmed the 
fearful impression. 

** Merciful powers !" shrieked she, catching 
hold of Mary, who had approached in uncon- 
trollable anxiety, '^ his uncle has driven him 
mad — he's out of his senses !" 



^e ar 

the g, 

loss oi 

compai] 

steamer 

been in 

were ab 



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257 



Bordeaux to Christiansand, and carried into the 
latter place, whence the greater part of them 
have arrived safe in England. Amongst the list 
of those who have already landed in this country, 
we observe the Viscount Cobtown, with two 
remarkably fine bears, which his lordship pur- 
chased during his stay in Norway, Walter \Va- 
verton, Esq., M.P., Dr. Higgins, M,D." &c, &c. 
Thus with no little astonishment read Lady 
Loosely in the morning paper, the very day 
of the worthy Higgins's reappearance at Can- 
ton. Her ladyship observed that she was de- 
lighted to bear it, without stopping to enquire 
who it was that felt the most heartfelt pleasure, 
the proprietors of the paper, the editor who 
superintended it, the compositor who set the 
type, the printer who worked the press, or the 
newsman who supplied her with the Morning 
Post ; all and several of whom probably felt ex- 
actly the same amount of pleasure* viz. nothing. 
Lady Loosely, however, really did feel great plea- 
in it. Wavertaii*B resuscitation forthwith 



2SB BABXIICBSS; o«. 



a project to her <ictiTe mind, wbidkshe 
•t once to execute. A note, ra{aeitiBig 
ktm lo cbU in the course of the erening to gm 
Off luB adreotiir^, broQg^ht tbat 
to ber hooae the same «fietiioo«; 
fisteoiqg patiently to m mmttive «£ kb 
•Bid a desoqplMKB of the mcomr- 
of a tak, in a gale of wind^ the caoli- 

iIk sabjea which wit tte , 
real caoae of her vishing to see him, ^^^1 

''You have no idea,** said she, ^how poor 
Miry waa sibcaled bj the idea thai the nk 
had been bat; I Bef«r saw aajhody ao wmA 




Veiy Khdy,- ntmiwd Wavertaap "gMi 
m reconcile themaelres to tioleot dcatha; 
di^ ahrajs aeeflB hoR^^ to them* BeaidBi,}^ 
kHNr," added he, with a bitter smile, '* she bad 
her own loaaoaM, excePent rtaaocM, toOb far 
beii«aofi7ldr the kaiof the laft.** 

*« If yott oesQ Laid Cabtown/' add LaSj 
Looadj» ahruptljy " I do not beGere she cvei a 
pin about him.** 





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259 



She may have good reaeons for being sorry 
for his loss, nevertheless," answered Waverton, 
contemptuouely. 

" There were others on the raft, besides Lord 
Cubtown/' pursued the lady. 

" Yes, there was Dr. Higgins/' returned the 
gentleman, with a laugh. 

" • Faint heart never won fair lady,' Mr* Wa* 
verton." Waverton made no answer to this, 
but looked enquiringly in the lady's face. ** After 
the scene that took place on board the ship," 
continued she, '< it is not difHcult to conjecture 
that all ideas of a match between Mary and 
Lord Cubtown will be giyen up. Indeed, Lord 
lanismore, when I saw him in towu, said that 
he regretted having endeavourved to force him 
on poor Mary, and that he should never inter* 
lere with her in that respect again ** The lady 
paused^ the gentleman was stiU silent. 

** Well, ^Ir, Waverton, have you nothing to 
say to that V* 

*' It does not concern me** wia the aoflwer. 




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261 



may happen to any man once; it is his own 
iktilt if he exposes himself to it a second time." 

'^ Instances have been known of ladies chang- 
ing their minds, Mr. Waverton.'* 

'* YoQ need not tell me that, Lady Loosely; 
nobody can speak to that fact more positively 
than I can." 

" Now, Mr, Waverton, you affect to laugh, 
and not to care for anything or anybody; I 
▼erily believe that you would give your eyes 
for that little word, • yes,* from Mary. 

'* I really do not see the object of this conver- 
fiatioui Lady Loosely," said Waverton, a little 
discomposed by the home thrust, but at the 
same time beginning to suspect that the lady 
had not introduced so delicate a subject in so 
unusual a manner, without some ulterior object; 
" the transactions of which we are speaking, 
can hardly be very interesting to you, or other- 
wise than painful to me, — they are past and gone ; 
let us not recal recollections that are very^ — " 
he i08<i horn his seat at this moment^ more 



tkm with «& J uii«fit)CkB oi d»- 

Mr. Wa^rertoo, sid listeslo 

Toaknmrtkil k was in obedleDce to kr 

th^ Mux did, I must tdl jm 




ghe op aB AovgltfB of toq ; dov dv 

^DQ slull hare toot tsn; 

, too, ^bat tbm Mvoti 






foa do aoc 

Now, I know whA joo at 

to mj ■ fc iit yosBg Eark; prsf Im ^prt; 

iMTjoa kMvdllftas» bat jm do BOl bw 

ikit ife onlf tofemiid Lofd 0«bc»walmiaB 

tike Bieaai ^ rertotiqi^ Hmnr to \m 

ID MMLicCjff I^WsfialuiiV fips i|iiiiucd|. 



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263 



I 



Henry has, as you are aware, decided upon 
leaving England ; and Mary has declared, that 
nothing will ever induce her to listen to Lord 
Cubtown again; her motiye in suffering his 
addressesy if not strictly defensible, was at least 
mixed, there was much good in it. Well) you 
were ready enough to interrupt me a minute 
ago ; have you nothing to say now ?'* 

"No." 

"Must I go on, then? — now, Mr. Waverton, I 
do not believe that you feel the indifference you 
affect towards Mary; but mind, as for her, I have 
no authority to say anything upon the subject, 
I have only my own opinion^ my own observa- 
tion to depend upon ; but I may say this much, 
that as far as my means of judging go, the im- 
pression upon my mind is, that if you renew 
yotu- proposal, it wiD be accepted. 

Waverton sprang hastily to his feet, and 
walked up and down the room twice ; a crowd 
of conflicting emotions struggled in bis breast; 
the ward " aocopted" Bounded very musical in 



264 



HARDKBSd; OR, 






his ears, bnt then arose the thoughu of a 
£dlufe, 

"Supposing," said be, inesalutely, 
such a thing were possible, Lord laniimoft^ 
objection to me remains in full force*" 

*' Lord Innismore's preference of a richa 
man is not to be taken as an objection to \ 
Lord Cubtown*B pretensions may be coaside: 
as disposed o^ and with them^ the immediise 
cause of Lord Innismore*s rejection of you. 
Lord Innismore, when the matter is pressed, 
can be reminded that his authority expires m 
any case in two years ; besides which, I tell yon 
I have learned wisdom since June — Lord I 
nismore, may have learned wisdom, too." 

" I doubt it,'* said Waverton, thoughtfidl; 
'* Lord Innismore seems a sort of person 
likely to get rid of a preconceived idea, — I m 
afraid—" 

" Faint heart, as I just told yoii, never 
won a fair lady/' interrupted Lady Loose; 
with a smile of triumph ; she already Mt the 



1 

IcitlffS 

am 

I 




THE UNCXS. 



2G5 



pi-idc of her coraing victory; for it will be re- 
membered that, although she did not choose to 
corainiinicate the extent of her knowledge to 
Waverton, she was well aware of the delight 
with which the recovery of her lost admirer 
would be hailed by Mary, and she trusted ulti- 
mately to removing Lord Innismore'a objec- 
tions. 

'*Kow> Jfr, Waverton, I feel that I was 
partly instrumental in your first mishap ; I feel 
that I owe you reparation for it ; and what I 
\»ish you to do is this : only allow me to sound 
Lord Innismore on the subject — allow me to 
£nd out as I can, without bringing you forward, 
what l^Iary would do in case this affair came on 
again, and trust to me to ascertain these points, 
so as to leave you in no danger of a second dis- 
appointment, in case you deem it expedient to 
try your fortune again,'* 

** You wotild not have opened the subject/' 
said Waverton, standing before the speaker, and 

TOL. Ut« H 




I 

t 
m 



THE CNCXE. 



267 



[lord Innismore, setting forth the fact that 

|"Waverton*8 attachment for Mary was onim- 

ired — that, moreover, she believed the young 

^lady to reciprocate it — that the marriage be- 

reen Lord Cubtown, and Mary "waa quite 

it of the question — and finaUy, earnestly 

reseed the Earl to relentt not to allow a mere 

ranity about rank to interfere with his neice'a 

[bappinesB^ and to sanction the renewal of 

[Waverton's addresses, matters which occupied 

learly half a page, the remainder being taken 

[vp with an account of her youngest girrs 

! thing; of Lady Fanny FitzCarthingless's 

marriage with the son of a Manchester cotton* 

lord, a Mr. Jorrocks ; of the Ducheas of Kent 

and the Princess Victoria having gone to Rams- 

gate ; a complaint of the high price of china^ 

and an enquiry whether Alderman Copoland's 

being elected Lord Mayor of London was 

likely to affect it ; and whether he had read the 

last new novel of the intensely interesting 

school, in which the heroine's tears were re- 




■I 

t 

I 



course 

reach 

dresset 



THE tmCLB* 



269 



CHAFfER XVII. 



We must now return to tbe scenes that were 
passing at Ganton Park. Immediately before 
Henry's arrival, its owner, Mr. Howard, and 
Dr. HigginSp had assembled in the library^ 
m melancholy party in a gloomy haU. The 
recent loss of Lord Innismore's sons, instead ol 
•ubduing, had aggravated the natural sternness 
of his temperament — the certainty, that in the 
present state of things, should he die, the bated 
Henry would succeed, at all events, to the titles; 
and, unless he made some immediate conveyance 
of them elsewhere, to the estatet, as heir-at-law, 



TUB ITNCLE. 



271 



The fatal deed lay upon the table, waidng but 
his signature, and that of the attesting witnesses; 
and it was for the ferocious pleasure of formally 
completing it^ in his presence^ that he had sent 
for his unfortunate nephew, whom he now mo- 
mentarily expected. !Mr« Howard stood by his 
aide, grave, earnest, manifestly disapproving of 
the whole proceeding, and Dr. Iliggins fidgetty, 
and ill at ease, as men of small calibre are, 
when a cnsis \» at band, not knowing exactly 
what to do with himself, was exceedingly busy 
mending all the pens he could lay liis hanils 
upon. 

The Earl, himself, was uneasy and gloomy, 
evidently dissatisfied with himself, with his own 
conduct, with all the world, yet too proud to 
admit that he was wrong in nourishing a vindic- 
tive hatred against his nephew, for an act of 
which he had no just cause to complain. He 
had impatiently checked the remonstrances that 
Mr. Howard had still considered it his duty to 
make; but now^ with that vague craving for self- 



2« 



HAILDXESS; OR, 




Uud cammcmlj Mccampuam 
alniaclof iii}itttioo, he reCttnied 



**Bo yom ana ^ aaj, Mr. Howardt** tihed 
he, vitk •nuiKlitng of m. sneer, *^thil joo, 9 
dcrgfBm of tlit Ghttrdt of England, conmSa 
tl»e ippropnitkMi of my fortiiae to dmitdbk 
poipowi in eoomection with that citablithaqrt, 
an JMUMOfir on^ Aaft 7011 dbapprore of whift i 
«B about to do ? It seems to me^ thai yom i 
aoBTvlut incoDBstml in this lOAtter.** 

*'Xbe di^Qflil of jroor lo>rdfbip*fl 
retnraied Mr. Howmid, grarelf, **» in jonr 
sliip*j bfljids, — ^I hare oodtiog to ai^ 00 tbi 
anfaject. — bitf I warn rou agaiost iimginiiy dtft 
it is aa ad of dwntjjoa aro rixMit topoinB. 
It is, OB tlw oontimry, an exoesi of acbaritabb- 
that I kaTe newet seen exceeded. Ibt 
of the aetktt is to be judged bf tbe 
nodre that prompts it. Do not delude joocadf 
with the Ibod belief that it is for the aasisttoe af 
the poor or necdjf that yon will away 



TWXtMnf^ 




THE VJfCLE, 



273 



from him who is to succeed you in the course of 
nature; it is to take them away from the heir of 
your race — hnte in the garb of charity. No such 
Rction can the followers of the apostles, can the 
disciples of Him, who taught us to love our 
neighbour as ourselves, recogai2e as good* 
What says the word I * If thou bring thy gift 
to the altar> and thou rememberest that thy 
brother has aught against thee, leave there thy 
gift before the altar, and go thy way : first be 
asooKciLED TO THY BROTHER^ and then come 
and offer thy gift/ " 

** Sure his lordship has a right to do what he 
likes with his own,*' Interrupted Higgins, upon 
whom the compressed lips and gathering frown 
on the stern old man's brow were not lost> "that's 
the law and the prophets, all the world over/' 
Unheeding both, the minister of the word pro* 
ceeded. 

** Even now, in the eleventh howf^ Lord 
Innismore, let me implore of you to pause — 
to reflect — to relent. Remember that sooner 

K 5 



274 



BAmD^Tiss : OK, 



tk«l dmd boarnMvt come; tint 
in wUdi time nungles with 
wad the tenors of death fidl upofR 
Becolkct that a few 
mmj, bring that ^whl mkiite, 
Me, that sets the «eal apoo 
Hfe, and doees the book <br 
crer ; ^ fearfu l minate that ports the Mrinr 
the dead* Look forward, niT lord, to the 
EBt tbal jxm abaU lie npoii the bed whiaa 
iWl ri«e no more, awaiting, with a aakiif 
and a qndkd spirit, the aummons to t^ 
When joo find joar brask 
feflfaig^ rwa ^je darkened, the coldness of tkt 
graTe cxeepiiiig aioi>g jocur cbunmj limbs; ktip* 
leas, hopdesi^ unable to moYe, unable to ipcik^ 
dken, mf knrd, te wttll shall TOicm, of fa^kir 
miaiion dian the wind, or die earthqaaJce, or tki 
ire, will otter its awful warnings, in accests d 
Then you wHl feel« « tk 
tile hoipmt the pride, the hatred ef ftb 
wmM din^ipear to tiie shadowy wilds of to- 
xitT, Tou will feel that yoa woidd gire 




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275 



revolce this act of vengeance — when you have 
no longer the power — and yet, the very next 
moment^ with this deadly sin upon your sonl, you 

^ may be alone — with God,'% 

V The Earl was manifestly affected by this ad- 
dress* He played uneasily with a ruler he had 
ID his hand ; he turned somewhat paler ; but 
his brow was stiU knit, his lips were set finn, 
his heart was hardened. 

»► " I admire your eloquence, Mr, Howard," 
taid he, **but this is hardly an occasion for 
preaching. You may, and I daresay will, make 
my disposal of my own property the text of your 
next sermon ; but my library is not the parish 
eluirch. I have no doubt but that something 
will happen to mo some day or other. I do not 
suppose that I am immortal, more than my 
^neighbours, though I am not aware of any 
symptoms to induce me to suppose that I am 
likely to die immediately ; but I suppose that 
when it does come, it will be much like other 
cases of the sort : nobody expects them to be 
particularly agreeable." 




THE UKCLB. 



217 



tnct" answered Henry, distantly j " I am as yet 
in ignorance of what your pleasure may be." 

" Where is your wife, I beg her pardon, your 
lady?" 

" I left her in the drawing-room." 

" Ah ! yes, the drawing-room. It is a very 
pretty drawing-room ; T hope she admires it 
She flatters herself it will be hers some day or 
other, I daresay. I suppose it b the first draw- 
ing-room she ever was in in a gentleman V 
house?" 

" My lord," answered Henry, sternly, ** if 
Arabella's birth is not as noble as that of your 
house, she is not the less my wife ; and I must 
beg that she may be respected as such. I came 
to your house, and brought her with me, at 
your express desire ; and not, as far as I can 
judge, for any very agreeable object. I am 
ready now to hear whatever you have to say to 
me, but she is not to be insulted." 

*' A pretty match you have made, certainly/* 
continued the peer ; " but, howcrcr, I suppose 



278 



hardness; oUj 



it is no use now attempting to pnl yon 
conceit with yonr baTgain. Yon might 
paid me the compliment of consuItiDg me tbout 
it, too." f 

** Your lordship had so completelj thrown me 
off," returned Henry, ** before I married, tliat 1 
saw no necessity for troubling you on the sulqeet 
You had refused me assistance ; yon had fcf- 
bidden me your house ; you had, in point of 
fact, cut me off from all intercourse with my own 
sister." He got angry and excited, as he pro- 
ceeded. " I was alone in the world ; whal ww 
T to do ? Thank God ! I did what was exactlf 
right. I tell you, Lord Innismore, that I eia 
guess what that deed that lies on the tsbU 
means. I can guess that it is an instmrneot 
intended to ensure my never succeeding to 
estates, I defy it. I tell you, that your ut 
malice cannot deprive me of the c^nvictioD, 
my future happiness has been secured by 
marriage." 

The Earl's brow grew darker ; and Mr. Be 



totM 




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279 



^ 



^ 



ard shuddered at the hideous malignity of bis 
frown. Present passion heightened his hatred 
against Henry ; for the blow that he had so 
carefully prepared, that he had hoped would be 
80 crushing, seemed likely to fall unfelt — ^it was 
literally defied. He drew an arm-chair delibe- 
rately forward, till it placed him in the middle 
of his three auditors, and with his brow flushed, 
his lips working convulsively, and every appear- 
ance of suppressed passion^ sat down. 

*' Now» Mr. Henry de Burgh,** said he, " be 
pleased to listen to the last words you will pro- 
bably ever hear from my lips, for from this day 
forth you shjdl never see my face again. In 
three weeks time, I shaU be married to Mrs. 
Hobart, whom I have selected, not for her per- 
sonal appearance, or for any of those attractions 
thai move hot-blooded young gentlemen like 
yoa^ but because during the five years her 
husband lived after their marriage, she bore him 
four children, and, therefore, arguing from 
analogy. I presume that there will be a rea- 





HARDKESS ; OB, 

soaable prospect of Iter presendng me 
heirs that will relieye jou firom the 
brance of the barren title to whkh yoa voqM 
succeed in the event of mj death without icnc 
I say barren, because^ in no case whatever shall 
you inherit one single acre of ground, or one 
Ringle shilling of money. HoweTcr, inasmodi 
as human life is uncertain, as my worthy frieml 
the rector, who disapproves of bequests for cb* 
ritable purposes, says; by-the-bye, Mr. Howirdi 
I have to thank your politeness for letting 
off some part of that last text of yours, for ii 
memory serves me rightly, I tliink it 
with an address by no means flattering in tW 
original ; as I say life is tincertaiu, and it 
consequently just possible that I may not 
▼ive the next three weeks, I have had 
document drawn up which effectually 
the property from ever falling into your band* ; 
and in order that you may entertain no deloatc 
expectations on the subject, I have sent for yo^ 
that, when you have heard it read, I may 



ingn^ 




THE UKCIA 



28! 



I 



fleal, and deliver it in your presence.*' The 
speaker paused^ and gazed with an air of malig- 
nant triumph upon his victim, who quailed not 
before his glance. *' There was nothing else to 
be expected, let him do his worst,*' thought the 
young husband as he haughtily drew himself up 
to his full height. 

*^ Be so good as to read that deed, doctor/' 
said the Earl. 

** It is unnecessary, my lord,** said Henry, 
about to take his leave^ " I have no curiosity oa 
the subject." 

•• For heaven's sake, my lord, beware,*' once 
more interposed Mr» Howard, " you do not know 
what you are doing." The voice of mercy, of 
entreaty, fell upon deaf ears ; the Earl roee 
from his seat^ he glared round, more lilce a 
baited wild beast than a human creature ; his 
hand shook violently as he dipped the pen in 
the ink. 

" Thank you for your advice> Mr. Howard,** 
said he, with a sneer, it is, I have no doubt, ex- 



"With the 
ready sQbser^ 
Higgins. 

^'fixctue n 

•'though I cai 

I will not eren 

nnut find some 

** And who t 

ness it or not i 

and darker fios 

as he tamed k 

yott suppose t 

refusal to witne 

my butler can . 

disposing of m^ 

bell, Henry," s 



THE TjTTCLE. 



283 



fnecbanically proceeded to ring the bell for a 
witness to his own disinheritance. The Earl's 
Toice grew thicker ; it was mlmost inarticulate 
with rage, as he went on* '*My butler, by 
God ! sir, to show you how little I care for your 
attestation, the lowest scultion in my kitchen 
shall witness it, aye, and with her mark, too, if 
she cannot write. You think you are to teach 
me bow to dispose of my own property ; now if 
ever I suffer any weak or fooHsh pity to induce 
me to give the slightest assistance to that young 
fool, or his famishing broody may I be eter- 
nally-*' 

The Earl stopped short, put his hand hastily 
to his heart, and then sat down, his eyes rolled 
wildly about, and inunediately afterwards all 
expression disappeared from them, his jaw 
dropped, 1m head fell upon his shoulder. 

** Strip off his coat, for the love of heaven I* 
exclaimed the doctor, hastily running to a 
drawer where he knew there were lancets ; 



*wfulp 

terrific 

into Mr. 

^'It i 

moment 

vith sac] 

Hcory h 

£nurful s( 

imderstai 

tbedoctoi 

the mantl 

that dowei 

'•Good 

he, 8hudd< 

Tein. 



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285 



I 



* 



the unconscious face of the speaker, who even 
then was uot thoroughly aware what that deadly 
token portended. " Fit ! the Lord deliver ub 
from Buch fits as these ! no man requires a second 
fit like thisj the Lord be merciful to us !" 

*' Let us pray," said Mr. Howard solemnly, 
as he knelt down by the side of the chair. 

*' AVliy, what in the name of God is the 
matter with him ?" asked Henry hastily, a 
gilmpse of the terrible truth forcing itself upon 
his mind. 

" The matter !"* returned the doctor, looking 
once more into the young man's face, with an 
expression of countenance in which horror and 
servility were strangely blended ; '* the matter — 
his lordship's gone« he's dead ! — he's dead, my 
lord I*' 



ajuiDxns: 09^ 



CHAPTER XVm 

SrcR was the scene that passed dunng 
fefw miiiates of Henry's abeence; and it wu 
not v«rj much to be wondered at that tiift ihodc 
his nerres receired firom it, gaTe his mnmn a 
appearance of agitation and wildoess ihfti oco- 
sioned AnbcUa's momciitarf doobc of hiaaniitf* 
It w«s a strange change. But a short qiiailcf 
of an hour ago, Henry de Borgh, rejected by 
the head of his &milj, with no prospect hefoit 
him but banishment, self-inflicted it is trae, bot 
not the less banishment for life to a disitant 
had stood in the presenoe of his enraged 



THE XmCLK, 



287 



waiting to see the signature affixed to tiie deed 
that was to dbioherit him for ever. The fatal 
parchment by upon the table — the pen that was 
to sign it was absolutely wet with the ink into 
which it had been dipped for that purpose ; but 
the hand that should have guided it had been 
arrested, in its course of evil, by the grasp of 
death. The instrument, that in another minute 
would have sent liim forth an exile and an out^ 
cast, lay by his hand, harmless, and for ever- 
more incapable of harming; — all had passed 
away in confusion and horror, like a hideona 
dream; and when the shock that the sudden 
and abrupt termination^ without warning or 
preparation, of human life in our immediate 
presence naturally causes, had in some degree 
paased, what a change was there. Doubt, anx- 
iety, poverty, obscurity, were rolled away like 
the clouds of night ; — the past was half for* 
gotten — the future bright with hope — the wife 
of his boiom was to sbara the high rank—the 
unbounded wealth of which ho had just been 



hardness; om* 




placed in possession by the eril paasioBs ddl 
their late owner had suffered to dottiiiieef wti 
his mind till they acquired power oTer his cor- 
poreal fraine^ that stretched it an instant a Efi^ 
less corpse upon the earth. That he shonlil be 
shocked and startled by the ghastly scene 
passed before his eyes was but natural ; bnX 
was not in human natore that his feelings s 
be those of very deep regret. His own 
was impending, was imminent ; another 
would have completed it, when the hand <a 
Providence interfered at tlie very momeat d 
the destroyer fulfilled his ghastly mission, 
a mission horrible, hut timely, and he escaped ; 
and it must be admitted it was with mixed 
thoughts passing in his mind» that with Aiabelh 
by his side, he gazed upon the stately park thit 
spread its lordly e^cpanse before him, and 
fleeted that it was hia own. 

The body of the late Earl having been has* 
tily removed to a bed-room, where the usuil 
preparations for his interment were to be 



1 




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289 



tfr. Tlowaril and Dr. Higgins once more met in 
the library. Their minds, as well may be suppos- 
ed, were full of the terrible catastrophe they had 
just witnessed. The good clergyman was deeply 
affected i he was horror-struck at the suddenness 
of the summons, the unprepared, unrepentant, 
unrelenting state of mind in which the deceased 
shiner was hurried into eternity at the yery mo- 
ment, too, that he was meditating an act thftt 
cotdd not be considered as other than the cruel 
indulgence of a savage and unnatural venge- 
ance. The doctor, however, found other consi- 
derations mingle in his mind, with the horror 
that the sudden appearance of the king of (errors 
had excited* He was not insensible that that 
event brought on a crisis in his own affairs ; and, 
to say truth, the prospect was gloomy enough. 
The idea of Henry's succeeding to the estates 
had never once occurred to bis mind until the 
moment that the pulseless vein announced in 
deadly silence that the Earl was gone, and his 
next heir ruled in his stead. He had in conse- 



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291 



kerchief ; and I said/' here he gnashed his teeth 
with sheer vexation, " I said, * with the greatest 
pleasure, my lord/ Bud luck to my tongue that 
spoke those words. Why the divil couIdn*t I 
have said, * Yes, my lord,* or * very weUi niy 
lord?' * With the greatest pleasure* my lord/ 
och murder. Mr. Howard, dear it'll he the ruin 
mc. What'll I do at all, at all ?* 

Even the awful scene he had jost witnessed, 
did not prevent Mr. Howard's smiling at the 
worthy doctor's perplexity. 

" We must not despair/* sidd he, " whatever 
the new lord's faults may be, vindictivencss 
nerer was one of them. I do not doubt, doctor, 
that it may he satisfactorily proved to him, that 
your services are likely to be as valuable to him 
as they were, as I can testify^ to his predecessor. 
ADow me to represent the case to him." 

"Oh! blessings attend you, Mim Howard^ 
honey do, and the Lord be with you. A fncnd 
in need is a friend indeed ; it isn't for myself, 
but the children.^ 





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«q:^ £«ix> ocber ■MBit ei 



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THE TTNCLB. 



293 



At the moment to his uncle than the doctor ; 
and that evening, Mr. Howard had the pleasure 
of communicating to the delighted Higgins, that 
the present Earl, highly approving of the devo- 
tion he had exhibited to the house of Innismore, 
93 represented bj the last possessor of that 
title, had no thoughts of displadng or dismiss* 
log so faithful and useful an adherent, and was 
graciously to confirm and continue him in all his 
places and appointments whatsoever ; and fur- 
thermore, in token of his complete confidence 
and friendsbip, he requested the pleasure of his 
company to dinner that day; an invitation which 
the worthy doctor had the good feeling to de* 
cline, on the grounds, that as he had only that 
rooming reappeared as from the dead, his wife 
must be considered as having some claim to his 
company to dinner. History records no farther 
of Dr, Higgins, save that his nautical adTcntore 
acquired for him the nickname of " the commo- 
dore," by which he is to this day known in the 
neighbourhood of Ganton> where he still fills his 




Mr. a 
Had just 
^ joinin 
therefore 
bustle in 
was laid 01 
the serrai 
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Henry 's m^ 
circulated Ul 



THE X7XCLB. 



295 



The old butler alone, who had spent his life 
in the service of the family, which he had 
entered before Henry was born, faltered when 
he opened the door, to announce in his usual 
formula, " Dinner is on the table, my Lord," and 
the new Earl rose from his seat The grey-haired 
servant shuddered to think, that he to whom 
day after day, for many years he had addressed 
those words, lay cold and stiff; clay was once 
more clay ; the spirit — where ? — the old man 
turned away his head, and wiped an unbidden 
tear from his eye. Henry^s composure had 
returned. The sight of death had unnerved 
him at the moment, his youthful a£ection for 
his uDclc came back in fuU force when he saw 
the fearful spectacle of the violent man, victim 
of his own violence, smitten by the pitiless arm 
of the destroyer in the very midst of his unfor- 
giving savageness* When he saw the man to 
whom he had always been accustomed to look 
up to as the head of his house ; his father's 
brother, suddenly deprived of his existence, and 



THB tnrcLB. 



297 



nevertheless) as may be guessed, found in the 
events of that day, food for reflections of her 
own in the resuscitation of Waverton upon the 
very day that her uncle ceE^ed to control her 
lot, that made her emotions very mixed. It 
was a cheerless and gloomy repast ; all rejoiced 
when it was ended, and they were seated round 
the fire in the drawing-room. As the evening 
advanced, it brought the regular hour of posf, 
and the letters addressed to tlie deceased £axl 
came in to be opened by his successor. At 
one of these, in a delicate lady^s hand, with S. L. 
at the corner, he could not help a smile, for he 
thought of the last letter he had received from 
the writer, "This is the first of a new series," 
muttered he, '* I see it contains something that 
relates to Cubtown too, as well as tlie last I was 
honoured with by her ladyship ; " his smile 
continued as he perused the letter, and when he 
bad completed it even to the 

*' Yours very sincerely, 

^^Sauau LowiisLv,'' 
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TBB UNCLE. 



S99 



CHAPTER XrX, 



The readers who have accompanied these 
personages thus far on their pilgrimages^ will 
remember (that is, if they have not skipped the 
first volume) that in the thirteenth chapter of 
that volume, a promise was given, that love 
scenes should be inflicted with the utmost 
leniency that the circumstances of the case 
admitted of ; a promise that has been fulfilled 
with a scrupulous and self-denying fidelity » 
self-denying to an unheard-of extent, for 
what author, desirous of interesting the public 
in his worksy ever before^ thus heroically ac- 




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aot 



directly to the minda of the novel-reading pub- 
lic. Are not love^scenea swallo^ved iu fearful 
quantities ? — a digestion, resembling thai of the 
ostrich, has hitherto enabled the patient to 
sorrive, to live to swallow* but not iiithout 
nervous disorders and irritations, no^ it cannot 
last for ever. Think what fatal consequences 
would ensue> were the overgorgiug of the mind 
of the country with love scenes, to produce its 
natural consequence, a nausea for love in any 
shape. Merciful heavens I what would the 
bachelors do, who are all notoriously dying to get 
wives ? — what would the young ladies do, who 
are all notoriously — hem — charitable, compas- 
sionate creatures ?^ — what would the rector of 
St. George*8 do ! — what would the blacksmith 
at Gretna do f It would be a national calamity^ 
no good patriot would contribute to it, and 
mercifully considerate, the author abstains from 
narrating even what passed upon his arrival 
at Canton, between Walter Waverton, and 
Mary de Burgh. Suffice it to say, that six 
weeks had not elapsed before the bcUs of Gan. 



Wi 



a mesTT petl for tlKir 
of wludi bis daoe beta 

I too iw ffiity^ 

leal an lui put,tbam from the em 
tioM of ^ FTcmier, wlio has tliii^ or fei^ fhes 
to ^m swmjt wl ^ l^Mt one himdied afid 
H^ cbim&nts to Batisfy, each of whom ooatt- 
ders hoBidf cxneedingl^ ill osed, if be gefii 
notMag. Id locli cbaunatanoes, the ktft 
impoitiiiiale are oommoiily tfie skmC n^lecied^ 
and one of thoae was Waveiton. 

His rival scMoght consolation at MeltoOf wImr 
haring acquired a habit of nanatiiig at gteil 
length., and latterly witb considerable additkmi 
and amendments, his adTentiires on the a^glil 
the steamer was burned, he talked himself ixtto 
a belief that he was a nautical <:haracter of no 
slight note ; and actually in the course of th 
succeeding summer^ with a ricw of maintaining 
that character properly, purchased a yields 




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303 



whose original owner, being of a romantic tarn 
of mind, and much versed in the tradittonary 
lore of Germany, had christened her the Ge* 
MOVKVA. The accompanying plan of the cabin^ 
as altered according to Lord Cnbtown'a direc- 
doD8» will exhibit more clearly, probably, than 
any description could, the nature of the pur* 
suits and amusements with which his lordship 
proposed dispelliDg the tedium of the sea. 



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HAED5BBa; 0E» 



The idea, slightly modified, carriet one bidt 
to the patriarchal times, and the modetn Xoik 
did not plant a vineyard himself, only becaoM 
he agreed with Lord Byron, that 



" The very best of vineyardB b tike cdlir. 



and ■ 



By the time his fittings were completed, umI 
his friends in the after-cabin embarked, he be* 
came philosophical about Mary de Burgb ; hot 
he was doomed at the very outset of his nauticil 
career to experience a sad disappoiatmeiit for 
wishing to change the romantic, and to himt 
uaintelHgible name of the vessel, to the Orr« 
AND'OUTER, which he considered more tqypro- 
priate, he was informed that the laws of Eng- 
land did not permit the name of a vesael onct 
registered to be changed. This severity of the 
law, which he justly designated as "bloody 
tyranny/* was however modified, as that of many 
other severe laws, by popular feeling ; iof si 
Cowes, and in the neighbourhood, he found gn 
his arrival, that " Gekoveva,*' was by uniTewal 



THE UNCLE. 305 

consent corrupted, or as he thought, improved 
into " Gin fevee ;'* which, as the owner ob- 
served, was a jolly name enough aflter all, and 
had some meaning in it, meaning which he 
and his companions, human, not feral, do their 
best to illustrate. 

Mrs. Campbell has entered upon a more re- 
putable course of Hfe; her abilities eminently 
suited her for the stage, and she is considered 
a very promising actress, for anything that we 
know, to the contrary, she may marry her im- 
personation of heroism, an unfledged M.P. next 
month. Strange things have happened, do hap- 
pen, and will happen, to the end of time. 

Miss Amelia Irving is now a dignified matron 
— the happy mother of two children, in conse- 
quence of the death of the practising surgeon 
of Xensworth. It is not to be inferred firom 
this that the worthy Galen actually did much 
execution among his patients, or was materially 
instrumental in checking or keeping down the 
population of the village ; but his timely depar- 



306 



BAEDNESS; OB, 



ture left a vacancy, wluch was filled by a 1 
a gentletnan, whose early youth had been spent 
in Guernsey, French was, conscquentlr, finni* 
liar to him ; and with it, together with the Laud 
phrases, wherein the physician addreaed bis 
mystic commands to the inferior luminary of 
medicine — the apothecary, he was much acccM^ 
tomcd to variegate his discourse, fl 

Miss Irnng and he met, saw and conquered, 
mutually. The gentleman investigated the 
lady^s soul) as set forth in her discourse, until he 
•aw his own mirrored in it, and Nardssus-like, 
became enamoured of the image of himself. 
The lady at last found a mind that could under- 
stand hers, and respond to it in suitable accents i 
skilful treatment, alternately soothing and im- 
tating, soon produced the desired effect, and 
when a proper degree of warmth was produced, 
the assistance of the church was called in to 
a£Ex a ligature, to which a tourniquet is, 
in tenacity and durability, a joke — they 
man and wife; and there is great danger of a 



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atlf 
beci^ 



THE UNCLE. 



307 



tribe arising in Kensworth, who, like the gip- 
sies, will have a language unintelligible to their 
neighbours. 

Lady Loosely's two eldest daughters are come 
out; they are extremely civil and well-bred; 
they express their gratitude for anything or no- 
thing, by ** Thank you very much ;" they decline 
a quadrille by, " I'm go aorry I'm engaged ;" 
they have fine figures, and ride in the park ; pet 
and praise their friends' horses, and do not 
boast of their own ; remember everybody's name, 
and use it every second sentence ; dine out a 
great deal, and are excellent listeners ; so their 
acute lady-mother entertains no doubt about 
their speedy settlement in life, though they do 
not scruple to laugh in her face when she, as 
ahe occasionally does, expatiates upon the manly 
character of such sports as baiting bears, draw- 
ing badgers, swimming a cat in a bowl, or turn- 
ing A duck into the water for the amusement of 
a Newfoundland dog, and the other wild sports 
of the Genoveva. 




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THE rNCLB, 



309 



pagne, sherry, curacoa, bottled porter^ Romaii 
punch, and a glass of cold without by way of a 
stirrap'Cup, to sayoiothing of a curious mixture 
of grilled bones, and lobster saladj his lord- 
ship sought his couch at 3 a.m., exulting in his 
independence, his single blessedness. The fol- 
lowing extract from his joamal will give a 
bettor idea of the proceedings of the following 
daf, than the most elaborate description could. 

" 1 1 A.M. Infernal headache^ blazing thirit, 
very sickishj 1 bottle of ioda-w»ter. 

** 12. Ditto., do., do., do. 

** 1 P.M. Ditto, do., do., do. 

** 1.30. Headache abating, thirst got under, 
still seedy. 

2. Bather bett^; began to suspect that I 
made a d — d fool of myself last night, 

'< 2. 15. Quite certain of it. 

"2.30. Got up; coald not touch a morsel, 
wondered if Innismore or Wavcrton have crcf 
headaches. 

"2.45. Do not tliink they have this sort of 
headache. 



Mrs. Staunton 

met Waverton 

to these sort of 

''4. Getting 

"4.30. Retu: 

cied everybody 

'*4.45, Went 

"5. Called 

quite distressed 

not tell her why 

"5.15. Thou^ 

monly well. 

"5.20 Felt as 

"5.22. Propofi 

''5.Z5. Accept 

The Johnson ft 



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TJ!E UNCLE. 



311 



to be content. Juliana has been tbree years 
tnarriecL From the time she first began to 
interest herself about her poorer fellow-crea- 
tures, she became quite a different being, she 
seemed, upon undertaking to supply her slater's 
place, to have inherited her good qualities, and 
makes an excellent wife, and mother. Our firiend 
AVellington, complains bitterly of the slowness 
of promotion in the lOOth; but the army-list 
does not announce that it is slower than its 
neighbours. Howerer, if he lives to be sixty 
or sixjy-five, he will probably command the 
regiment. Mrs. Johnson*6 felicity is complete^ 
she is the mother of the Countess of Innismore; 
to My more, would be to "gild refined gold, or 
paint the lily ;** and she has the additional 
satisfaction of constantly witnessing the un- 
mixed happiness in which Henry and Arabella 
pass their cheerful existence; for Mr. John- 
son has abandoned Daffodil Lodge, to become 
the tenant of a small estate of Henry's, three 
miles firom Ganton, at a rent whose lowness 



312 



HABDITESS ; OR, THE UNCLE. 



leaves no doubt that the object of the Eirl in 
granting the lease was, that his hebved wife 
should still enjoy th^ society of her £itfaer and 
her mother; and there are few happier £umlj 
groups in the kingdom than that which asem. 
bles every Christmas under the old ^f of 
Ganton.